ELAC selected as 2018 Champion for Higher Education

East Los Angeles College (ELAC) has been named a 2018 Champion for Higher Education by The Campaign for College Opportunity (https://collegecampaign.org) for exemplary work in awarding Associate Degrees for Transfer. ELAC is one of 12 California Community Colleges and four California State University campuses being recognized as a Champion of Higher Education this year. ELAC will be announced in the category of Growth in Associate Degrees for Transfer Awarded for increasing its number of ADTs awarded by 206 between the 2015 and 2016-17 academic years.

The majority of California students who go to college attend a California Community College, and most of them intend to transfer to a four-year university. Unfortunately, only 4% of students successfully do so every year. This is why in 2010 with then Senator Alex Padilla, the Campaign for College Opportunity sponsored historic transfer reform legislation that created a clearer path for students to earn an associate degree and guaranteed admission to the California State University (CSU) with junior standing. To date, over 100,000 students have earned an Associate Degree for Transfer and those who enrolled in the CSU earned their bachelor’s degree nearly twice as fast as other transfer students. ELAC 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.

East Los Angeles College will be recognized by California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley at the 3rd Annual Champions of Higher Education celebration Tuesday, Dec. 4, in downtown Los Angeles. This celebration will bring together over 150 influential state and business leaders, including fellow community college and CSU campus honorees. The leadership of the Honorable Senator Holly Mitchell, community college transfer champion Dr. Alfred Herrera from UCLA, former CSU Student Trustee Jorge Salinas Reyes, and former LACCD Student Trustee Alexa Victoriano will also be recognized at this prestigious event.

“It is an honor for ELAC to be recognized as a Champion for Higher Education by The Campaign for College Opportunity,” said ELAC President Marvin Martinez. “Being recognized for the implementation of the Associate Degree for Transfer reaffirms ELAC’s commitment to empower students to achieve their educational goals. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our faculty and staff in serving our highly diverse student population and serving as a springboard for many in our community.”

The following 16 colleges and universities have excelled in Associate Degree for Transfer implementation and will be celebratedas2018 Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer at The Campaign for College Opportunity’s Dec 4 event in Los Angeles:

  1. Moorpark College
  2. Pasadena City College
  3. Orange Coast College
  4. College of the Canyons
  5. Long Beach City College
  6. East Los Angeles College
  7. Berkeley City College
  8. Glendale Community College
  9. Clovis Community College
  10. Grossmont College
  11. Citrus College
  12. Golden West College
  13. California State University, Dominguez Hills
  14. California State University, Northridge
  15. California State University, Los Angeles
  16. California State University, Stanislaus


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Apr 2019


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