State’s community colleges make transfer history

Answering White House call, California community colleges lead way for students to gain access to national educational opportunities.

colleges-HBCUCalifornia community college transfer students who meet certain academic criteria will be guaranteed admission to nine historically black colleges and universities, thanks to an agreement between the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and the leaders of the institutions.

The agreement supports a White House initiative to strengthen and expand the capacity of HBCUs to provide quality higher education to students, and supporters say the agreement opens up new ways for students to gain access to educational opportunities.

“California community college students and the nine participating schools will benefit immensely from the agreement,” said George Cooper, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, who is leading the initiative. “The schools will have an even larger pool of gifted students knocking on their doors and California community college students will be guaranteed transfer to four-year institutions with rich histories, traditions and track records of success.”

(Next page: Participating HBCUs; details of the agreement)

Laura Ascione