Orange Coast College was honored as a “Champion of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer” on Dec. 4 by the Campaign for College Opportunity for its high number of students earning an associate degree of transfer (ADT).
Coast was honored along with 11 other community colleges and California State University (CSU) campuses at a ceremony in Los Angeles. OCC was recognized among its peers as third in the state and first in Orange County for ADT degrees awarded for 2016-17.
The ADT degree was established in 2010 as part of historic transfer reform legislation led by former senator Alex Padilla, and has enabled thousands of California college students to not only transfer more quickly, but also to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in less time. ADT degrees create a clear pathway for transfer, and guarantees admission into the CSU system.
According to the Campaign for College Opportunity website “to date, more than 100,000 students have earned an ADT, and of those that enrolled in the CSU, they earned their bachelor’s degree almost twice as fast as other transfer students.”
OCC has continued to increase the number of students receiving ADT degrees since 2017, growing the number from 898 in 2016-17 to 1,073 in 2017-18.
“I was so pleased to accept this award on behalf of OCC, as it represents a considerable amount of work on behalf of our faculty who stepped forward to develop these degrees,” says Interim President Kevin Ballinger. “Joining me in accepting the award was Professor Anna Hanlon, Chair of OCC’s Curriculum Committee, Vice President of Student Services Madjid Niroumand, and Dean of Business and Computing Ron Johnson.”
This article was released by Orange Coast College.