The Little Hoover Commission, an independent agency that recommends ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness of state programs, has released a detailed report citing the Long Beach College Promise as a successful model.
Five years ago, leaders from the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach signed The Long Beach College Promise, committing the three institutions to providing local students with greater opportunities to complete their higher education. The effort has since attracted state and national attention.
The October 2013 report, “A New Plan for a New Economy: Reimagining Higher Education,” cites the College Promise 24 times and calls on the California Legislature to encourage the creation of similar programs statewide.
“To encourage enrollment in higher education, improve higher education completion and reduce costs of remedial courses,” the report states, “the Legislature should provide incentives for districts and colleges to collaborate and extend counseling and outreach to middle schools and high schools in areas that have both state college campuses and community college districts.”
The College Promise has aimed to improve college access by providing key incentives and services, including tuition-free semesters for 4,000 students at LBCC, guaranteed admission at CSULB for local students who qualify, and college preparation and guidance as early as elementary school to help children understand that college is within reach.
This year’s progress report on the College Promise shows that the number of LBUSD graduates completing college-level (non-remedial) English at LBCC increased by 500 percent over the previous year.
The number of LBUSD students completing college-level math (again, non-remedial) at LBCC jumped by 200 percent over the same period.