Monday, December 03, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                DECEMBER 3, 2012

 FURTHER INFORMATION:                  Paula Green, 626-914-8873, Stacy Armstrong, 626-857-4082


Citrus College Named Among Top Three Community Colleges in California Providing Students with Unprecedented Transfer Opportunities


Citrus College has been hailed for greatly increasing opportunities and options for its students to successfully transfer into the California State University System, becoming one of three top colleges in the entire 112 Community College System to comply at a high rate with Senate Bill 1440 - the Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act.


The recognition was highlighted in a progress report released this month by The Campaign for College Opportunity, which initially sponsored SB 1440.  The STAR Act was created in 2010 to enact a clear, consistent statewide pathway for California’s community college students to transfer into the California State University system. 


“This report really spells out how well we are doing here at Citrus College,” said Joanne Montgomery, President of the Board of Trustees.  “Under the strong management of Dr. Geraldine Perri and her team, as well as the collaborative relationship that we have with our faculty and staff, this report is a very clear, measurable indicator that we are working to ensure our students are succeeding and our community is being served.”


In its progress report, the Campaign for College Opportunity reviewed SB 1440 implementation at all 112 community colleges, based on the number of associate degrees for transfer that have been developed or are currently in progress at each individual campus.  An initial set of 18 Transfer Model Curricula were developed at the State level and put in place since February 22.


Previously each community college established its own requirements for students to obtain associate degrees, and curriculum did not always align with transfer pathways to four-year universities. Students at some campuses faced two sets of degree requirements in order to graduate with an associate degree and transfer fulfillment.  A simplified and uniform transfer pathway now provides students with clear expectations and realistic timetables, shortening their time to graduation and reducing total cost of degree completion.


“Making this adjustment was really a campus-wide focus and it really speaks to this college’s commitment to student success,” said Citrus College Superintendent/President Geraldine M. Perri, Ph.D.  “We accept all students with open arms – regardless of academic level.  And with that open door, we embrace our role in identifying and articulating a clear pathway that will lead to success with hard work and commitment to the program.  Implementing SB 1440 continues to be a work in progress, but I appreciate that our successes are being recognized.”


The uniform transfer pathway was developed by a statewide SB 1440 Implementation and Oversight Committee (IOC) that developed uniform framework of courses required for an Associate Degree for Transfer for a specific major.  At the time of this review, the Committee had developed 18 Transfer Model Curricula (TMC), and asked colleges to align their degrees within this framework.  Conversely, CSU campuses are required to similarly prepare to receive these degrees.


Citrus College, along with Pasadena City College, now offers 13 TMC Pathways. They are only surpassed by Fullerton College, which has adopted all 18 initial TMC Pathways.