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Cal State LA recognized as champion for transfer students

December 18, 2019

By Jillian Beck | Cal State LA News Service

Cal State LA has once again been recognized for its exemplary efforts in enrolling and supporting transfer students.

The university was among 15 colleges and universities in California recognized by the Campaign for College Opportunity as 2019 Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer. The institutions included 12 community colleges and three California State University campuses.

This is the second consecutive year Cal State LA has received the recognition, which honors colleges and universities that have increased the number of students earning an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), enrolling those students at a CSU with junior status, and graduating them with bachelor's degrees.

An Associate Degree for Transfer, sometimes called a “Degree with a Guarantee,” is a special degree offered at all California Community Colleges that guarantees transfer to many four-year universities in the state, including the CSU.

The goal of the partnership is to provide a clear pathway for students to transfer under the same program of study as their ADT to ensure timely and cost-effective completion of their bachelor’s degree program.

Of Cal State LA’s nearly 3,000 transfer students in fall 2018, 28% were ADT students on a guaranteed pathway in their program of study, according to the Campaign for College Opportunity.

“Having the structure of the ADT program not only helped me save money, but it gave me peace of mind and made me feel like I have accomplished a significant step towards earning my bachelor’s degree,” said Leily Sanchez, a Cal State LA transfer student majoring in business administration with an option in marketing. She expects to graduate in spring 2020.

Cal State LA Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jose A. Gomez praised the efforts of ADT students and their contributions to the university.

“We are gratified to be recognized by the Campaign for College Opportunity for a second straight year,” he said. “Of course, the true winners are the transfer students who are working so hard to get ahead and pursue their dreams. They add immeasurably to the culture of student success that we champion at Cal State LA, and we’re privileged that they have chosen us as the place where they will complete their bachelor’s degree studies.” 

The colleges and universities were recognized on Nov. 14, along with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, at an event celebrating the Campaign for College Opportunity’s 15th anniversary. Cal State LA President William A. Covino accepted the award on behalf of the university.  

“Every year, we are excited to see thousands of students earning their Associate Degrees for Transfer and continuing their education at a university,” said Michele Siqueiros, president of the Campaign for College Opportunity. “The Campaign is proud to honor the top California leaders and campuses that are doing the necessary work to ensure transfer students can achieve their college dreams.”

Photo: Cal State LA President William A. Covino (far right) accepted the award from the Campaign for College Opportunity at an event with alumni and students. (Credit: Cal State LA)

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