California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley
Praises the University of California on Record Number of Transfer Admissions

California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley issued the following statement on the announcement that more than 28,750 transfer students, a record number, were offered admissions to University of California campuses:

“This record number of community college transfer students coming from 100 of our campuses and headed to the University of California to pursue bachelor degrees is evidence that our two systems are working together to help more Californians achieve their educational goals and improve the wellbeing of our state. Increased transfer rates from California community colleges to the UC and California State University systems is a key goal of our Vision for Success, and the recent agreement between the California Community Colleges and UC to further strengthen and streamline transfer will accelerate this positive trend.”

It would also seek to provide Cal Grant students full tuition and fees for four years, instead of allowing the Cal Grant B to cover only “the access” award in the first year of the student’s four year college experience. At a UC, for example, that could mean the difference between covering $14,356 (tuition, fees and access costs) or only receiving $1,672 (access award). Although institutions and students may fill those gaps with institutional aid or student loans in that first year, the discrepancy in amounts funded between A and B could result in changing early decisions by students during their college selection process.

In a news release, UC announced it has offered admission to nearly 137,000 students, including the transfer applicants, to at least one of the system’s nine undergraduate campuses this fall.

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 72 districts and 114 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. California community colleges provide career education and workforce training; guaranteed transfer to four-year universities; degree and certificate pathways; and basic skills education in English and math. As the state’s engine for social and economic mobility, the California Community Colleges supports the Vision for Success, a strategic plan designed to improve student success outcomes, increase transfer rates and eliminate achievement gaps. For more information, please visit the California Community Colleges website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.