Florida Memorial University gains from California partnership
Written by Camila Cepero on March 28, 2017
Miami Gardens-based Florida Memorial University has been reaping the benefits of a partnership established less than 10 months ago with more than 100 community colleges on the West Coast by accepting new students and having a place at multiple conferences.
“What has happened since the agreement was enacted was that [Florida Memorial University[ has participated in many outreach activities, including the Umoja Conference, the Black College Expo and the A2MEND Conference,” said Emmanuel Lalande, VP of student affairs at Florida Memorial.
The expo and conferences essentially promote the importance of higher education and provide guidance towards positive post-secondary pursuits for students from underserved and underrepresented communities, according to their websites.
In March 2015, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors signed an agreement with the leaders of nine historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), guaranteeing admission for California Community College students who meet certain academic criteria admission.
In June 2016, California Community Colleges expanded its guaranteed transfer agreement with HBCUs to include an additional 12 schools, one of them being Florida Memorial.
Florida Memorial entered into the agreement with the 113 California Community Colleges and 72 Community College districts.
Since then, seven students have been accepted as a result of the agreement and 33 application decisions are pending, Dr. Lalande said.
The memorandum of understanding between the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and Florida Memorial stated that admission to Florida Memorial is guaranteed to California Community College students who have complete either an associate degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher, or a minimum of 30 transferrable semester units with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
Florida Memorial has also been doing some outreach since the agreement was enacted last year, Dr. Lalande said.
“We have… conducted HBCU webinar and conference calls to communicate with our California Community College counselors and students,” he said, “informing them about academic programs being offered at [Florida Memorial University], as well as resources.”
Per the memorandum signed last year, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office works with Florida Memorial University to develop an internal and external marketing plan to communicate and publicize the chancellor’s support of the agreement to all California Community College campuses.
“Florida Memorial University has benefitted by being one of the first institutions to become a part of this agreement,” Dr. Lalande said.
“It has been introduced to the California Community Colleges in hopes of attracting more transfer students to Florida Memorial University.”