The Center for Educational Partnerships at UC Irvine is a strong partner with local community colleges with a goal of increasing the community college transfer rates to four-year institutions through academic preparation strategies that include individual and group academic advising, summer residential institutes, and financial aid resources.
The following programs and initiatives highlight the success of the partnership:
American Indian Resource Program (AIRP)

The American Indian Resource Program (AIRP) in the Center for Educational Partnerships (CFEP) at UC Irvine leverages an array of institutional services to provide flexible support strategies for Tribal students, parents, and communities. The mission of the AIRP at UCI is to assist American Indian, Alaska Native and Indigenous stakeholders by identifying, developing, coordinating, and implementing opportunities and experiences that contribute to students successful completion of degree programs in preparation for leadership roles in their chosen professions.

interm Program Director:

 Santana Ruiz


Summer Scholars Transfer Institute (SSTI)

During this intensive 10-day residential summer institute at UCI, 120 students from Santa Ana College and Rio Hondo College complete a core academic transfer course for three units of academic UC transferable credit. Instructional teams composed of UCI and Community College faculty, counselor, and two teaching assistants are the nucleus of the program. Now in its 23rd year, the SSTI program has demonstrated overwhelming success.

Early ID

The Early ID program’s goal is to improve the transfer preparation, access, and transfer success of community college bound high school students. The Early ID program works with our EAOP partner schools to find high school students planning to transfer from community college to a four-year institution.

Early ID also works with local community college partners that have significant potential for additional transfers, in particular those from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. The specific target of this program is to identify low-income and underserved students to assist them in utilizing the community college transfer pathway effectively and expediently.

Edison Scholars

The UC-Edison Transfer Scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in one of the 40 community colleges located within the Southern California Edison service area and are on track to transfer to a UC campus. Recipients must have declared a major in science, engineering, or mathematics in order to become eligible for the award.

The scholarship is $7,500 per year and is renewable for a two-year period. Students must participate in 25 hours of community service per year, maintain a 2.0 G.P.A, and attend weekly Edison Scholars workshops and events.

Summer Scholars Research Program (SSRP)

An innovative undergraduate research program that links Santa Ana College students with UCI faculty members in a six-week research program. Students receive intensive research training from a SAC, UCI and CSU Fullerton faculty. Participants conduct original research in student teams. Ninety-eight percent of participants transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of the program.

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Transfer Leadership Collaborative (TLC)

TLC is a residential summer institute at UCI that introduces students to academic planning for transfer from the community college to the university. The program also develops important leadership skills to facilitate academic retention and civic engagement.

TLC successfully includes both students entering their senior year and those who had just graduated from high school. Students planning to enroll in Santa Ana College, Santiago Canyon College, Rio Hondo College, El Camino College (Compton Center) and Long Beach City College are eligible for the program.

Santa Ana Adelante

Funded by the Lumina Foundation and in partnership with Santa Ana College, California State University, Fullerton, and Santa Ana Unified School District, this initiative provides students with a clear pathway to the baccalaureate through Santa Ana College by offering direct support services.

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Rio Hondo Partnership for College

This collaboration between UCI, Rio Hondo College, Cal State Los Angeles, and the El Monte Union High School District (EMUHSD) implements strategies for academic success and college access. Specific to Rio Hondo College, The El Monte Union Pledge offers guaranteed admissions to students from the El Monte Union High School District that enroll at Rio Hondo College and complete the established requirements to transfer to UCI.