Ten years after California established the Associate Degree for
Transfer (ADT), this new pathway between community colleges and
four-year universities has grown significantly – both in the
number of students earning ADTs and the number of campuses
offering them. The ADT framework gives thousands of students
annually a more seamless and predictable pathway to a four-year
degree. Our research identifies positive gains for students in
both opportunity and efficiency.
Access to the ADT remains uneven by campus and by field of study,
however. Many students face limited offerings depending on
the campus they attend. Community colleges that offer fewer ADTs
have larger Black and Asian populations than statewide CCC
enrollment. Campuses that offer more ADTs have larger Latinx
populations. These differences have implications for which
students can earn ADTs. These findings suggest room to improve
and expand ADT pathways so more students can benefit.