Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP)

Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP)
State
California
Academic Level
Associate
Issue Area
Transfer
Key Personnel
Program Focus
College Prep,
Institutional Change

Overview

UCLA CCCP works to increase transfer rates and success of underserved community college populations by holistically equipping students with skills and knowledge of available transfer pathways to empower them to become self-advocates and leaders in their communities. UCLA CCCP contributes to the scholarship that focuses on transfer issues (research, policy-making, publications, etc.), ultimately enhancing transfer-sending and transfer-receptive cultures through the leadership and success of our peer mentors, scholars, & alumni and through the collaboration of staff and faculty at universities and community colleges.

Program Description

UC experienced a drop in the admission of Latinos with the passage of Prop 209. In response, UCLA developed a community college strategy to increase the number of underrepresented students. CCCP started in 2001 to create programs to inform, motivate & prepare students to transfer. Summer Programs were developed to address pipeline issues, motivate & prepare students to be competitive at top research universities. Peer Mentors are examples of transfer success. Using their experiences (many completed program previously) to empower students & show success at navigating the system. The Scholars program begins with a summer program & continues through the academic year with meetings and workshops focused on keeping the student on a transfer pathway. Using cultural competency, CCCP helps students understand the challenges & the successes related to transferring. CCCP promotes leadership development, awareness of Latino policy, & encourage giving back to the community. The Scholars program has grown from 150 students in two 3-day programs to over 700 students in 12 programs. CCCP uses Critical Race Theory & Community Cultural Wealth as a foundation & has developed a Transfer Receptive Culture framework to address the welcoming of transfer students in universities.

Outcome

  • Increased Latinx Student Transfer: In Fall 2018, 48% (92 out 193) of Latino CCCP participants were admitted to UCLA compared to the general transfer admit rate of 23%. The majority of students (75% to 85%) are admitted to one of the other 8 UC campuses. Approximately 95% of scholars are admitted to a bachelor’s granting institution.
  • Increased transfer readiness and academic competitiveness: In 2017-18, 75% (337 out of the 449) of Latinx participating students completed the transfer requirements.
  • Increased BA degree completion: Approximately 90% of transfers to UCLA and other UC institutions graduate within 3 years after transferring. The Fall 2015 Cohort included 25 Latinx Students, and 19 Graduated by 2018 with the remaining students continuing to persist.
  • Informs transfer policies, practices and research: CCCP’s leadership has co-authored a number of articles focusing on creating and enhancing a transfer receptive culture at baccalaureate-granting institutions.