Associate degrees

COD Recognized for Helping Students Earn Transfer Associate Degrees

PALM DESERT, CA – A statewide education advocacy group has recognized College of the Desert for helping students earn their associate’s degrees for transfer and for advocating for academic success Latinx students.

The Campaign for College Opportunity — an organization that advocates for expanding college access and closing equity gaps in California — announced COD’s selection as the 2022 Champion and 2022 Equity Champion on Friday.

The organization uses associate degrees for transfer as a measure of success among some of the state’s historically underserved populations, including students who are Latinx and black. Two-year COD associate degrees are fully transferable to California State University with a maximum of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units, according to COD.

“College of the Desert provides a gateway to a brighter future through access to higher education, especially for those who face social and economic barriers,” said COD Superintendent/President Martha Garcia. , Ed.D. “We will continue to make college a reality through programs and services such as free tuition, support, and counseling so that all students in the Coachella Valley can achieve their dreams and thrive. “

Statewide, COD was only second to Citrus College at Glendora in the number of transfer associate degrees earned among 50 full-time students. COD was among the top 12 community colleges with at least 65% of Latinx students earning an associate’s degree for transfer while improving their academic performance.