The Santa Barbara City College Transfer Achievement Program (T.A.P) is a support program within the Transfer Center designed to assist all underrepresented students (first-generation, economically disadvantaged, and ethnically underrepresented) who are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university. Through the years T.A.P. has evolved from outreach services to a more comprehensive program that tracks students from their first year at SBCC assisting them with developing their major and education, and guiding them through the transfer.
T.A.P.'s goal is to provide the necessary knowledge to assist students with implementing informed actions that will ensure a successful transition from SBCC to a four-year university. T.A.P.'s two major premises are:
- Increasing student involvement and responsibility in transfer-related activity will increase student persistence and goal attainment
- Collaboration among students and among college services will increase transfer rates more so than would individual and fragmented efforts.
In 2006-07, 106 students applied for transfer, 105 were accepted, and 102 enrolled. In 2008-09, 103 applied, 97 were accepted and 93 enrolled. For 2009-10, 160 students applied-a substantial increase-and the acceptance numbers are not available yet.