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Citrus College Honored Again for Providing Students with Transfer Pathways
Glendora, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2018) – For the third consecutive year, Citrus College has been honored by the Campaign for College Opportunity as a state leader in producing transfer degrees.
A California-based nonprofit research and advocacy organization, the Campaign for College Opportunity has recognized 12 California community colleges and four California State University (CSU) campuses for their efforts to implement the state's associate degree for transfer (ADT) pathway. Citrus College will be named a "Champion of Higher Education" during a celebration in December.
"Citrus College is a leading example of strong implementation of the associate degree for transfer pathway for students and a model for other colleges in California to emulate," the organization's president Michelle Siqueiros wrote in a congratulatory letter to Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College. "We are proud to recognize your campus and thank you for improving the transfer pathway for students."
Citrus College awarded 1,027 ADTs during the 2017-2018 academic year, an increase of 224 students over the previous year. The college currently ranks seventh among California's 114 community colleges for producing ADTs, but second in the state for the number of ADTs conferred relative to the size of its student body. In fact, the college is one of only two California community colleges that awarded five or more transfer degrees for every 100 students.
"When the adoption of historic transfer reform legislation created the transfer degree option in 2012, Citrus College invested a significant amount of time and effort into providing students with this new opportunity. Since that time, we have awarded more than 5,500 transfer degrees to Citrus College students," said Superintendent/President Perri. "Being recognized as one of the state's top producers of transfer degrees for the third year in a row is a great honor that reflects our institutional commitment to student success and college completion."
A collaborative effort of the California Community Colleges and CSU systems, ADTs provide community college students with guaranteed admission to a CSU and priority admission to a CSU campus. Citrus College currently offers 19 ADTs in programs ranging from administration of justice and art history to studio arts and theater arts.
Transfer degrees were first awarded at Citrus College during the 2011-2012 academic year, with 39 students choosing this academic path. Over the ensuing six years, this number has increased by more than 2,500 percent.
"Preparing students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities is a priority for Citrus College," said Dr. Patricia A. Rasmussen, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. "The college community is proud of the progress it has made in implementing associate degrees for transfer. Once again being named a Champion of Higher Education by the Campaign for College Opportunity is a gratifying acknowledgment of our hard work."