The Campaign for College Opportunity — an organization dedicated to expanding college access, improving college completion rates and closing racial equity gaps in education in California — has recognized Stanislaus State as a 2021 Equity Champion for Higher Education.
In an announcement made Monday, Nov. 1, the organization recognized Stanislaus State for its “exemplary work” in enrolling Latinx students who’ve earned an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) and placing them on a pathway to a bachelor’s degree during the 2019-2020 academic year.
The Campaign will recognize Stan State and other honorees during a virtual event at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16. As many as 400 attendees representing California’s higher education leadership, elected officials, corporate sponsors, civic and business leaders have been invited.
As an Equity Champion of Higher Education, Stanislaus State is playing an integral role in ensuring underrepresented, minority and marginalized Californians have an equal opportunity to attend and succeed in college, which in turn builds a vibrant workforce, economy and democracy.
Using a percentage point gap (PPG) methodology, The Campaign identified campuses that excelled in enrolling Latinx students with an ADT relative to their campuswide ADT enrollment rates.
Across the CSU system, Stan State stood out in ensuring a high proportion of transfer-seeking Latinx students enrolled and providing them with a guaranteed pathway to earn a bachelor’s degree, according to the Campaign President Michele Siqueiros.
“This is a tremendous achievement and the real work of equity,” Siqueiros wrote in a letter notifying the campus of the honor.
Compared to traditional transfer students, ADT students earn their bachelor’s degree nearly twice as fast, making it more likely for them to complete their degree. Prior to the ADT’s inception, the process of transferring from community college to a four-year institution was difficult. A lack of statewide coordination left students with inconsistent requirements demanded by the different systems, schools and departments. In turn, those inconsistencies made it more difficult for students attempting to transfer, leading to alarmingly low transfer rates.
The Campaign sponsored the legislation that created the ADT in 2010, which streamlined the process for transfer students to earn a bachelor’s degree from California State University campuses and provided consistent criteria for admission from the state’s numerous and varied community colleges.