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Brandman University Applauds State's Expansion of Transfer Pathway for California Community College Students


New Program Aligns with University's Long-standing Acceptance of all
36 Associate Degrees for Transfer

As a new transfer pathway is announced today between the Association
of Independent California Colleges and Universities
(AICCU) and the California
Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
, Brandman University – a
member of the AICCU – reiterates its strong commitment to community
college transfer students and continued acceptance of all 36 Associate
Degrees for Transfer (ADT) from the 114 California community colleges.

As a leading career-oriented education institution focused on meeting
the unique needs of adult students, Brandman University has provided
historical support for California's ADT program since the California
Community Colleges first developed it with the California State
University (CSU) system in 2010.

"Creating clear pathways from California's community colleges to
four-year institutions is one of the most beneficial ways we can support
student success and meet the workforce needs of California and beyond,"
said Tod A. Burnett, Ed.D., Executive Vice Chancellor at Brandman
University. "We applaud our AICCU peers who agreed to sign on to today's
MOU with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office and join
in Brandman University's historical commitment to expanding community
college transfer students."

The ADT pathway is designed for students graduating with an Associate in
Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or an Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)
from a California community college and wishing to transfer to a
four-year independent, nonprofit institution like Brandman University. A
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed today by AICCU President
Kristen Soares and California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz
Oakley to expand the number of California's independent nonprofit higher
education institutions like Brandman University that are committed to
the access and success of students, and affordability of quality
education across the state.

This pathway is the AICCU sector's adoption of the Associate Degree for
Transfer (ADT) pathway between the California Community Colleges and the
California State University (CSU) system. Much like the current CSU ADT
pathway, Brandman University continues its policy to guarantee admission
and junior standing for ADT students who apply, as well as accepting a
minimum of 60 units transferred. Brandman University is one of just two
participating AICCU institutions that accepts all 36 ADT majors.

"AICCU has been actively engaged with Governor Jerry Brown's
administration and the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
to open up a guaranteed transfer pathway for community college students
to transfer to an independent California institution," said AICCU
President Kristen Soares. "Our commitment today will provide tremendous
help toward creating new regional college access opportunities for
transfer students to attend an institution that best meets their
educational goals and increases their opportunity to succeed."

"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 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."

California's independent, nonprofit colleges and universities enroll
about 8,500 transfer students annually, and, with this partnership with
the California Community Colleges, hope to increase that number to
ensure all students can find a place at a California institution. AICCU
institutions serve nearly 189,500 undergraduate students, who reflect
the rich diversity of the state. Brandman University embodies a mission
of serving California's diverse population, with flexible education
programs that serve the varying needs of nontraditional students
including full-time workers, active military, parents, and other adults
looking to further their career.

As an independent, nonprofit institution Brandman University is at the
forefront of new education initiatives, including programs with
interdisciplinary perspective and corporate-academic partnerships that
provide students with skill sets that are critical for success in
today's rapidly changing workforce. Brandman University offers
undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs at campuses
throughout California and Washington and online, and through its
self-paced online Competency-Based Education modality, Brandman MyPath.

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About Brandman University

Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by
the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). As part of
the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic
excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services
designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers more
than 80 undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs
across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing
and health. Brandman serves 12,000 students annually with programs
available at more than 25 campuses throughout California and Washington
and online, and through Brandman MyPath, our self-paced online
competency-based education modality. The university's online programs
consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World
Report. For additional information, visit


The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities
(AICCU) is comprised of 82 independent, 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 21 percent of all bachelors degrees
and 54% of graduate degrees, making them the largest preparers of
California's advanced workforce.

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