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October 24, 2018
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ELAC Selected as 2018 Champion for Higher Education

East Los Angeles College (ELAC) has been named a 2018 Champion for Higher Education by The Campaign for College Opportunity ( for exemplary work in awarding Associate Degrees for Transfer. ELAC is one of twelve California Community Colleges and four California State University campuses being recognized as a Champion of Higher Education this year. ELAC will be announced in the category of “Growth in Associate Degrees for Transfer Awarded” for increasing its number of ADTs awarded by 206 between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

The majority of California students who go to college attend a California Community College, and most of them intend to transfer to a four-year university. Unfortunately, only 4% of students successfully do so every year. This is why in 2010 with then Senator Alex Padilla, the Campaign for College Opportunity sponsored historic transfer reform legislation that created a clearer path for students to earn an associate degree and guaranteed admission to the California State University (CSU) with junior standing. To date, over 100,000 students have earned an Associate Degree for Transfer and those who enrolled in the CSU earned their Bachelor’s degree nearly twice as fast as other transfer students. ELAC is a leading example of strong implementation of the Associate Degree for Transfer pathway for students and a model for other colleges in California to emulate.

East Los Angeles College will be recognized by California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley at the 3rd Annual Champions of Higher Education celebration on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 in downtown Los Angeles. This celebration will bring together over 150 influential state and business leaders, including fellow community college and CSU campus honorees. The leadership of the Honorable Senator Holly Mitchell, community college transfer champion Dr. Alfred Herrera from UCLA, former CSU Student Trustee Jorge Salinas Reyes, and former LACCD Student Trustee Alexa Victoriano will also be recognized at this prestigious event.

It is an honor for ELAC to be recognized as a Champion for Higher Education by The Campaign for College Opportunity, said ELAC President Marvin Martinez. Being recognized for the implementation of the Associate Degree for Transfer reaffirms ELAC’s commitment to empower students to achieve their educational goals. This recognition is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our faculty and staff in serving our highly diverse student population and serving as a springboard for many in our community.

The following sixteen colleges and universities have excelled in Associate Degree for Transfer implementation and will be celebrated as 2018 Champions of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer at The Campaign for College Opportunity’s December 4th event in Los Angeles:

Moorpark College
Pasadena City College
Orange Coast College
College of the Canyons
Long Beach City College
East Los Angeles College
Berkeley City College
Glendale Community College
Clovis Community College
Grossmont College

Citrus College
Golden West College
California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, Northridge
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Stanislaus

To learn more about how the honorees were selected, click here to see The Campaign for College Opportunity data sheets.