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El Camino College Partners with HBCUs
By Sentinel News Service
Published February 3, 2011

A California Community Counselor, Elaine Moore, has developed an initiative that can dramatically simplify the admissions process for hundreds and potentially thousands of California Community College students seeking transfer to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  The initiative takes the form of Transfer agreements modeled after the agreements that have been successfully forged between California Community Colleges and University of California and California State Universities.

These agreements have assisted thousands of students transferring to Universities within the state.

Transfer agreements have been developed between El Camino College in Torrance, California and six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). These agreements will help increase the transfer pipeline and simplify the transfer process for California Community College students.
The established Transfer Admissions agreements are with Johnson C. Smith in North Carolina, Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and Howard University in Washington, D. C. The agreements signed by college and university presidents and provosts, specify the number of transfer units and grade point averages required for admissions. Some of the schools also offer priority consideration for housing and transfer scholarships. In addition, Hampton University and Johnson C. Smith University will waive application fees. The agreement is specific to each HBCU.

President Obama’s administration granted HBCUs and Hispanic Serving Institutions $2.55 billion over the next decade. They have also been given the mandate to increase enrollment and ultimately graduation. Because of the high number of students attending Community Colleges in California, agreements are very timely. In addition, many of the HBCUs have very high percentages of students from the state of California.

Several other universities have expressed interest in developing agreements. These institutions include Talladega, Albany State, Grambling State, Virginia State and Southern Universities.

Elaine Moore, an El Camino College counselor who spearheaded this project as part of her spring 2010 sabbatical, would like to see the work that has been accomplished with El Camino College expanded to other interested Community Colleges. Currently Elaine is working with three Community Colleges in Northern California to develop similar agreements with HBCUs.

For more information contact E. Elaine Moore at

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