OAKLAND, CA (July 26, 2018) – Holy Names University, a member of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), is one of 36 private, nonprofit four-year colleges and universities who will offer guaranteed acceptance and a more affordable, seamless pathway to transfer students from California Community Colleges. This is a result of an agreement signed Wednesday (July 25) between the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU).
Students earning an Associate Degree for Transfer – also known as a “Degree with a Guarantee” – have been assured acceptance to a California State University campus since the 2011-12 academic year, and the new agreement marks a significant expansion of the program since its inception. California community college students with such a degree will now be guaranteed that prior coursework will be transferable to private, nonprofit four-year colleges and universities while enjoying a more streamlined and simplified transfer process.
“Holy Names University has always sought to ease the path for students transferring from the state’s community colleges. With this new agreement in place, we are pleased to let prospective ADT students know that the experience of enrolling at HNU has become an even smoother and welcoming process that will help quickly put them on the path toward their career of choice,” said Mike Groener, HNU’s interim president.
“Projections from the Public Policy Institute of California say the state will by 2030 have a shortage of 1.1 million workers holding a bachelor’s degree needed to meet workforce demands,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “The Associate Degree for Transfer program is vital to our economy, and we are proud to work with the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities in providing our students additional opportunities to further their education and help guarantee their chances of achieving upward social mobility.”
The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) comprises 78 private nonprofit colleges and universities, which make up the Independent California Colleges and Universities (ICCU) sector. The ICCU sector plays a pivotal role in the development of the state's model higher education offerings and in making California a symbol of innovation across the globe. Within California, ICCU institutions award over 20 percent of all undergraduate degrees and over 50 percent of graduate degrees, making them the largest preparers of California's advanced workforce.