TAB was created twenty-five years ago in an attempt to help low-income first-generation students who were not accepted for admission at SF State, take the appropriate classes at the local community college in order to meet eligibility requirements as transfer students. TAB is unique as an institutional collaboration among a California public 2-year community college (City College of San Francisco) and a 4-year public university (SFSU) in its ability to provide comprehensive services to their students at both schools and bridge the gap that prevents many first generation Latino students from successfully obtaining their bachelors degree.
The mission of the Transfer Articulation Bridge (TAB) is to help first-generation low-income students successfully transfer to a four-year university, obtain their bachelors degree, and continue on to graduate school. TAB prepares students for the academic and financial challenges in obtaining a degree and provides them with comprehensive academic advising throughout their educational career.
In the last ten years, 398 students, the majority of whom who are first-generation community college students have taken the “Introduction to University” TAB class (a course students take at no cost to prepare them for the academic requirements to obtain their associates degree and transfer to work on bachelors degree). More than 60% of these TAB students are Latino and African American. In comparison, in 2008, at CCSF and SF State the total number of Latino and African American students was only 23.1% and 26.6% respectively. The highest percentage of students participating in the TAB program is Latino students (36.2%). More than half of the TAB students who took the class (53%), successfully transferred to a SF State or another four-year university during that time. This is more than double the statewide transfer rates (23%) in California illustrating the success of TAB students in degree attainment is in sharp contrast to California’s higher education system. One-third of these students have already graduated, and many are in the process of obtaining their masters degrees!