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

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP) works to increase transfer rates and success of underserved community college populations by enhancing transfer-sending and transfer-receptive culture. CCCP holistically equips students with skills and knowledge of available transfer pathways to empower them to become self-advocates and leaders in their communities.

CCCP contributes to the scholarship that focuses on transfer issues (research, policy-making, publications, etc.) and collaborates with staff and faculty at universities and community colleges to facilitate transfer and help students succeed. 

Program Description

The University of California schools 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 began in 2001 to create programs to inform, motivate, and prepare students to transfer. Summer Programs were developed to address pipeline issues, motivate, and prepare students to be competitive at top research universities.

CCCP uses Critical Race Theory and Community Cultural Wealth as a foundation and has developed a Transfer Receptive Culture framework to address the welcoming of transfer students in universities. 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 and successes related to transferring. CCCP promotes leadership development, awareness of Latino policy, and encourages students to give back to the community. The Scholars program has grown from 150 students in two 3-day programs to over 700 students in 12 programs. 

Outcome

  • Increased Latinx Student Transfer: In Fall 2018, 48% (92 of 193) of Latino CCCP participants were admitted to UCLA compared to the general transfer admit rate of 23%. A majority of CCCP participants (75% to 85%) are admitted to one of the other 8 UC campuses. Approximately 95% of participants are admitted to a bachelor's granting institution. 
  • Increased transfer readiness and academic competitiveness: In 2017-18, 75% (337 of 449) of Latinx participants completed transfer requirements.
  • Increased BA degree completion: Approximately 90% of participants who transfer to UCLA or 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.