The Campaign for College Opportunity together with the California Business Roundtable honored Pasadena City College on Thursday, June 2, for a being statewide leader in significantly increasing the number of students earning an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT).

California’s ADT program, established by the STAR Act in 2010 – authored by Secretary of State Alex Padilla when he was serving in the Senate – cuts through redundant requirements that created unnecessary hurdles for students seeking to transfer from a community college to a CSU campus. The majority of the 2.3 million students who enroll in California community colleges say they intend to transfer to a four-year university to receive a bachelor’s degree, but only 4% transfer annually.

Pasadena City College conferred 557 Associate Degrees for Transfer in 2014-15, ranking it 5th among the 113 California Community Colleges in terms of ADT production. Pasadena City College grew ADT production by 137 degrees from the 2013-14 academic year.

As detailed in the Campaign report Keeping the Promise: Going the Distance on Transfer Reform, a strong framework for improving transfers has been built since the bill’s enactment. The number of ADT earners has nearly doubled annually, coordination between CSU and community colleges has improved, and more students have benefitted from the admissions guarantee to a CSU campus.

“Tonight we are so pleased to honor transformative campus leaders who have paved the way to ensure that ALL students have a path to reach their college dreams. Their tireless dedication to strengthening the path into and through college will benefit generations to come,” said Michele Siqueiros, president of the Campaign for College Opportunity.

Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable and co-host of the Sacramento event concluded the evening by thanking the night’s honorees for all they do to strengthen California’s businesses.

To see more pictures from the event, visit the Campaign’s Flickr page.

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