Only 37 percent of community college students earning transfer degrees were admitted into California State Universities

In 2010, California lawmakers laid out a plan to reform the way community college students would transfer to four-year universities.

The Associate Degree for Transfer came with promises that students would be guaranteed admission to CSUs and gain enrollment in majors similar to their field of study. It was supposed to streamline the process, churning out college graduates faster while reducing the number of undergrads taking excess classes not needed for transfer. Those students clog the system, some said.

But six years later, those reform efforts are failing, a new report released by The Campaign for College Opportunity shows.

Of the 20,646 community college students who earned transfer degrees, just 37 percent were admitted into CSU. Just 4 percent of the state’s 2.3 million community college students transferred to CSU at all in 2013-2014.

“It’s still a very young program, but colleges — both community colleges and Cal State Universities —need to do a better job of communicating these pathways to students,” Michele Siqueiros, president of the Campaign for College Opportunity, said. “We’re far from having that clear pathway until the majority of students are on the Associate Degree for Transfer path.”

The process is simple: earn 60 units in community college, get an ADT, then transfer to a CSU and earn another 60 units to get a bachelor’s degree.

(Next page: Why students aren’t taking advantage; next steps)

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