Associate degrees

High Mesa for Associate Degrees for Transfer

Mesa College is recognized in Sacramento this week for having the most students graduating with degrees designed to transfer to the California State University system last year.

The San Diego Community College District school awarded 691 associate degrees for transfer in 2014-2015, ranking it first of 113 community colleges in California in ADT output.

The accolade earned Mesa a “Champion for Excellence in Transfer” recognition in Sacramento on Thursday from Campaign for College Opportunity, a California advocacy group.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts to increase transfer pathways and degree completion,” said Mesa President Pamela Luster. “This reflects the efforts and dedication of faculty and staff in our student services and teaching divisions, and underscores our efforts to be the leading college of equity and excellence.”

Mesa was also recognized for showing significant growth in the number of associate degrees for transfer year over year.

The number of such school-produced degrees increased by 367 last year, a jump of 113%, the largest numerical increase of any community college in the state.

In 2014-2015, Mesa transferred 681 students into the California State University system.

A total of 10 community colleges in California were recognized for producing the highest number of students earning transfer degrees and demonstrated significant growth in degree production.

Grossmont College and Southwestern College, also in San Diego County, placed ninth and tenth.

On Thursday in Sacramento, 13 state community colleges and three CSU schools were recognized for their transfer degrees in a ceremony attended by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, civil rights leader Dolores Huerta and the members of the Board of Directors of the Campaign for College Opportunities and the California Business Roundtable. .

Claudia Estrada, who leads Mesa’s career and transfer program, received the award on behalf of the school.

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