Dr. Angélica Garcia, president of Berkeley City College, said the beauty of the ADT is that it focused on organization systems doing the work so that students didn’t have to continue to navigate the transfer maze.
“We have to be student-ready,” said Garcia. “ADT took the institutional and the organizational responsibility for us to get our stuff together so students could focus on being students. … AB 928 is going to further support that by additional streamlining.”
Berkeley City College accounts for over 55% of all transfers from the Peralta Community College district (East Bay) to four-year institutions. The college is recognized among the top producers in CSU transfers. There is intentionality behind this success, said Garcia, which also includes students transferring to UC Berkeley and UC Davis.
“We work very hard to recognize students who identify transfer as their goal regardless of their prior academic preparation,” Garcia said. “We now think how we provide comprehensive intervention with academic and student support.”