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.
Nearly four 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.
“In a unique partnership that spans the educational pipeline and has created a seamless path for Long Beach students to pursue higher education, the Long Beach College Promise is designed to improve college preparation, access and completion,” states the report titled “Serving Students, Serving California: Updating the California Community Colleges to Meet Evolving Demands.”
Through the College Promise, students are encouraged starting in fourth grade to prepare for a college education. Local high school graduates who immediately enroll at LBCC are awarded a tuition-free first semester and priority registration, and for those who complete minimum college preparatory requirements or community college transfer requirements, guaranteed admission to CSULB.
“The Promise is showing positive results,” the report states. “More LBUSD graduates are enrolling in postsecondary courses at the city college or state university; they are better prepared than their peers from other school districts, and fewer are dropping out after their first semester.”