While 80% of entering community college students indicate they want to earn a bachelor's degree or higher, only 30% of students successfully transfer to a four-year institution within six years and only 13% earn a bachelor’s degree within those years. Data show worse outcomes for students of color, and the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened these challenges for all students.
In 2020, a subset of the Collaborative initiated a pooled fund focused on COVID-19 recovery for postsecondary education in Los Angeles. The first joint initiative, Transfer Success L.A., seeks to improve transfer pathways between California State University campuses and community colleges in Los Angeles County.
Current pooled fund members include:
California Community Foundation
College Futures Foundation
The Ichigo Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
Michelson 20MM Foundation
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
The application period for Transfer Success L.A. has closed. Grant awards will be announced in summer 2021.