Achieving a College Education (ACE) was established in 1988 at South Mountain Community College (SMCC) to address the high school dropout rate in South Phoenix among at-risk and underrepresented populations. ACE assists students in academic transitions from high school to community college, and eventually to baccalaureate degree completion at a university.
The Santa Ana Partnership was formed in 1983 by Santa Ana College (SAC), UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), and the City of Santa Ana to elevate academic achievement and the college-going rate in one of the country’s most densely Latino populated cities (94% in the K-12 population, 78% in the city, and 60% at SAC). Santa Ana ¡Adelante! is the latest initiative of the Santa Ana Partnership.
Los Medanos College (LMC) developed the Transfer Academy (TA) as a signature program to reshape the experience of first-time students, including Latino and first-generation students. The multi-year program supports students who want to transfer to a four-year college or university by providing a dynamic academic experience with strong supports in and outside of the classroom.
GANAS is the first program within the CSU system to develop an academic and student success program that targets and serves Latino/a transfer students in a culturally responsive way. The GANAS program was implemented in 2013 as an innovative initiative that focuses on encouraging transfer students to participate in a one-year cohort-based learning community that is paired with a success seminar, intrusive academic counseling, and mentoring.
In October 2011 the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Northridge, was awarded a five-year, $5.5 million HSI STEM grant by the U.S. Department of Education to implement a program designed to increase the number of low-income, Hispanic and other underrepresented students graduating from CSUN with engineering and computer science majors.
The STEM Pathways Project was launched in 2011 with the goal of strengthening systems and services to better support the success of Latino and other low-income students. Students enrolled receive a rigorous STEM education at Crafton Hills College in an environment that provides an integrated network of social and academic support with the end goal of transferring into STEM programs at highly regarded four year institutions.
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) developed a fully automated reverse-transfer system that allows transfer students to earn their final credits at the university, and then have those credits sent back to the community college. Those students can fulfill the balance of the associate-degree requirements at the university and then receive their degrees from El Paso Community College.
DirectConnect was introduced in 2006 as a partnership between the University of Central Florida (UCF) and four Central Florida colleges: Valencia College, Brevard and Lake-Sumter Community Colleges and Seminole State College. Open to all students, this transfer initiative places emphasis on the student experience, smooth transition from college to the university, shared-use of facilities, and strong academic programs/services.
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
TAP, a cohort program, provides free of charge, multi-year one-to-one academic advising, application assistance and academic enrichment to prepare program participants to become competitive transfer applicants. Participants receive customized design and monitoring of individual academic course plans, guidance in choosing the major into which they will transfer, assistance with transfer applications, required personal essays, financial aid fo