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University of Redlands and Crafton Hills College partner to increase degree attainment in Inland Empire

Crafton Hills College students will be guaranteed admission at the University of Redlands under a new agreement to be signed by Dr. Ralph Kuncl, president of University of Redlands and Dr. Wei Zhou, president of CHC, and on March 8, 2017. A ceremonial signing will take place in the CHC Transfer Center at 3:30 p.m. that day.

"We are proud to be part of this promising pathway,” says University of Redlands President Ralph Kuncl.  “It is a dynamic partnership that puts higher education within reach of every student, guides them through the liberal arts to careers experience, and prepares them to succeed at each level.”

“The transfer agreement with University of Redlands will provide a seamless pathway for our students to earn a bachelor’s degree from one of the most highly-ranked private institutions in our own backyard,” Zhou says. “Even more exciting is the promise of a $10,000 scholarship for those students accepted into the program. With about 70 percent of our students receiving financial aid, this agreement alleviates the financial hurdle so many of our students encounter when they transfer from Crafton Hills College.”

Under the agreement, CHC will provide students with articulated transfer courses, develop student education plans and schedule courses in a pattern that supports their transfer as a junior-level student at University of Redlands. Crafton students must earn a 3.1 cumulative grade point average in 24 transferable units, and they must complete college-level English and mathematics with a grade of C or better.

“This rare public-private partnership will increase the college-going rate in the Inland Empire and help provide the educated workforce that is needed here,” Zhou says.

Envisioning a “cradle to career” pathway, the agreement also encourages a pipeline from the Yucaipa/Calimesa Unified School District and the Redlands Unified School District to Crafton Hills College, and then from Crafton Hills College to University of Redlands.