Pasadena City College Excels at Getting Transfers for Students into 4-Year Colleges

Published : Monday, November 26, 2018 | 5:33 AM

Pasadena City College has been selected as one of 16 California community colleges and state universities who are being recognized as 2018 Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer by The Campaign for College Opportunity, a non-profit bipartisan policy and research organization that’s focused on providing an equal opportunity for Californians to attend and succeed in college.

The Campaign announced the 16 schools will be honored for their success at enrolling and graduating Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) earners.

Twelve community colleges, including PCC, and four California State University (CSU) campuses were chosen for significantly increasing the number of students earning an ADT, enrolling those students at a state university with junior status and graduating ADT earners with a bachelor’s degree.

The Campaign for College Opportunity said transfer from the community college to a four-year university is often “bureaucratic, inconsistent, and confusing, where students must parse through a system with varied information and requirements for each campus,” according to research and student testimonies.

Though transfer is often thought of as a two-year process, only four percent of California Community College students transfer after two years, 25 percent after four years, and 38 percent after six years, the Campaign’s statement said

“Transfer is often a maze of barriers that delay far too many students from earning their degrees,” Michele Siqueiros, Campaign for College Opportunity president, said. “The Associate Degree for Transfer cuts through the maze to offer a more streamlined transfer process.”

In 2010, the Campaign for College Opportunity, with then-Senator Alex Padilla, sponsored historic transfer reform legislation that created a clear pathway for students to earn an associate degree and guaranteed admission as juniors to the CSU system. The ADT insured that students would transfer without spending excess units, time, and money.

More than 100,000 students have earned an ADT to date, and those that enrolled in CSU have earned their bachelor’s degree almost twice as fast as other transfer students, The Campaign said.

“Thanks to these institutions’ implementation of the Associate Degree for Transfer, thousands of students achieve their goals to cross the graduation stage every year,” Siqueiros said. “This year’s Champions of Higher Education are shining examples of what happens when colleges and universities embrace policy that supports California students.”

Aside from PCC, the other community colleges and CSU campuses listed below will be celebrated as 2018 Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer on December 4 in Los Angeles:

  • Moorpark College

  • Orange Coast College

  • College of the Canyons

  • Long Beach City College

  • East Los Angeles College

  • Berkeley City College

  • Glendale Community College

  • Clovis Community College

  • Grossmont College

  • Citrus College

  • Golden West College

  • California State University, Dominguez Hills

  • California State University, Northridge

  • California State University, Los Angeles

  • California State University, Stanislaus

To learn more about how the honorees are selected, visit

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