Cal State San Bernardino has been named a 2022 Equity Champion of Higher Education by the Campaign for College Opportunity, which recognizes the university’s exemplary work in implementing the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT).

CSUSB is recognized as a top performer specifically for its work in supporting and increasing Latinx and Black students through the ADT. More than half of the university’s 2021 Latinx and Black undergraduate transfer students were ADT earners, and out of those ADT earners, more than half were on a guaranteed pathway.

“Being named an Equity Champion in Higher Education is especially rewarding for our campus, as we are a proud Hispanic-Serving and Minority-Serving Institution, where more than 80% of our students are the first in their families to attend college,” said CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales. “It is an honor to guide our gifted students in their educational journeys and we thank our hardworking faculty and staff for helping them succeed.”

According to a letter by Michele Siqueiros, president of the Campaign for College Opportunity, since the passage of SB 1440 (Padilla) in 2010, the California Community Colleges have awarded more than
360,000 Associate Degrees for Transfer, providing a streamlined pathway between community colleges
and the California State University system.

“The Campaign for College Opportunity championed this historic legislation to create a clearer pathway for community college students to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree in a more timely and cost-saving manner,” Siqueiros says in the letter. “Transforming transfer has been more than 10 years in the making, and last year’s passage of AB 928 (Berman) will significantly accelerate the pace of transfer and degree attainment. With your commitment, the Associate Degree for Transfer pathway is making college dreams a reality for thousands of California students.”

CSUSB will be recognized at the virtual 2022 Champions of Higher Education Celebration on Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. Event participants include some of California’s most ambitious student leaders, higher education advocates and legislative champions. The celebration is open to the public and registration can be done at the 2022 Champions of Higher Education webinar registration page.

For the complete list of 2022 Equity Champions of Higher Education and to view the award methodology, visit the Campaign for College Opportunity website.