College of the Canyons has been named a 2018 Champion of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer by The Campaign for College Opportunity.
The college is one of 12 California community colleges that have significantly increased the number of students earning an Associate Degree for Transfer degree.
“It is an honor to be recognized as a Champion of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer,” said College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook.
“Our continuous efforts to eliminate achievement gaps and increase transfer rates have yielded tremendous results for our students,” she said. “The creation of these ADTs could not have been possible without the hard work of the dedicated faculty from more than 20 separate academic departments, as well as our Curriculum Committee, and the staff and administrators in the Academic Affairs department.”
College of the Canyons currently offers 27 ADTs, which enable students to transition to California State University campuses. Known as “a degree with a guarantee,” ADTs provide students with guaranteed admission to a CSU if they earn an associate in arts transfer (AA-T) or associate in science transfer (AS-T) degree and meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements.
Between 2013, when the first ADTs were awarded, and 2017, the number of degrees awarded at the college has grown 703 percent.
“College of the Canyons is a leading example of strong implementation of the associate degree for transfer pathway for students and a model for other colleges in California to emulate,” said Michele Siqueiros, president of The Campaign for College Opportunity, in the college’s official recognition letter.
The Campaign for College Opportunity helped to create a clearer path for students to earn an associate degree and guaranteed admission to the California State University system when it sponsored historic transfer reform legislation in 2010.
“To date, over 100,000 students have earned an Associate Degree for Transfer and of those who enrolled in the CSU, they earned their Bachelor’s degree nearly twice as fast as other transfer students,” Siqueiros said in the letter.
College of the Canyons, along with other fellow community college and CSU campus honorees, will be recognized at the 3rd Annual Champions of Higher Education celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Los Angeles.
The Campaign for College Opportunity is a non-profit bipartisan organization that works toward increasing the number of California students attending two- and four-year colleges and who complete their college education.
For more information about The Campaign for College Opportunity, please visit the organization’s website.