Citrus College Reaches 100 Percent of its Transfer Degree Goal
by Paula Green
As California’s community colleges work to enhance transfer rates and formalize students’ courses of study, Citrus College is one of only five community colleges statewide that successfully met its target in developing new transfer degrees to the California State Universities (CSU). Citrus not only met its goal of 13, it exceeded it by creating a 14th degree.
Citrus College, along with the other 111 California community colleges statewide, began to develop new transfer degrees after the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act was signed into law in 2010. The law simplifies the transfer process so that students who complete an associate degree designated for transfer are guaranteed admission to the CSU system with junior status and will be given priority consideration when applying to their local CSU campus.
Students have enthusiastically responded to the opportunity to receive an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or an Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), and the number of Citrus College graduates receiving a transfer degree has increased dramatically. The first Citrus College graduating class to receive associate degrees for transfer was the Class of 2012, in which 42 students received AA-T and AS-T degrees. In 2013, that number blossomed to 258 students and, for the first time, the AA-T in psychology was one of the college’s top 10 majors.
“I am so proud of Citrus College for being at the forefront of this new statewide initiative, said Mrs. Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. “I am most grateful for the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff in achieving this impressive goal. I also thank Dr. Perri and the entire college community who work so diligently to provide our students with the resources they need to succeed.”
Citrus College developed and now offers associate degrees for transfer in 14 programs of study: administration of justice, business administration, communication studies, early childhood education, elementary education, English, history, kinesiology, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, and theater arts.
“Exceeding our target goal for implementing transfer degree programs is an outstanding accomplishment for Citrus College,” said college Superintendent/President Dr. Geraldine M. Perri. “The faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to develop these comprehensive programs of study that provide a viable pathway to college completion.”
Through July 26, 2013, only five institutions, including Citrus College, have succeeded in reaching 100 percent of their target numbers of transfer degrees, while only eight colleges in the California Community College (CCC) system have reached 80 percent of their target numbers.
While the CCC and CSU systems continue to work together to increase transfer opportunities, increasing the number of transfer degrees available to community college students is central to this effort.
“Although the college has already exceeded 100 percent of its associate degree for transfer target, we have the option of developing and adding additional transfer degrees,” Dr. Perri explained. “As a ‘College of Completion,’ Citrus College is committed to providing opportunities for students to earn an associate degree, prepare for a career, or transfer to a four-year college or university. The college’s Curriculum Committee and the Academic Senate will continue to be very focused in developing additional new programs of study.”