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Palo Verde and CSUSB Sign Dual Admissions Agreement

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A new dual admissions agreement between Palo Verde Community College and California State University, San Bernardino will allow students to be admitted to both colleges at the same time.

The agreement is the first of its kind between these institutions of higher education and was officially approved by the Palo Verde College Board of Trustees for a period of three years.

The formal announcement of the partnership was made Friday, Dec. 19, at Cal State San Bernardino's satellite Palm Desert Campus, where CSUSB President Albert Karnig and PVC President James W. Hottois unveiled the details.

Officials from Palo Verde College and Cal State San Bernardino are optimistic that it will increase the transfer rate of college going students, especially those who will be attending CSUSB's Palm Desert Campus. "I am excited about the potential this agreement presents for current and future Palo Verde College students," said Hottois.

"We view this agreement as providing the incentive and opportunity for students in our district to continue their education beyond the high school and community college level."

"We hope this agreement encourages Palo Verde College students to continue their education at Cal State San Bernardino and specifically our Palm Desert Campus, which is the closest university campus to the Blythe area," said Karnig. "We anticipate this will increase the transfer rate of Palo Verde students to CSUSB and increase their completion rate once they get to our campus."

"Dual admissions agreements are one of a number of new initiatives between the California State University and California's community college system designed to strengthen and build upon existing articulation efforts," said Robert McGowan, CSUSB associate vice president for enrollment services.

The goals of the agreement are to increase the transfer rate from Palo Verde to CSUSB, increase the completion rate of Palo Verde students once they enroll at the university, strengthen articulation efforts and coordinate course work between the two colleges.

Students who enter into the dual admission agreement will be required to complete 60 semester credits while maintaining a minimum 2.0 grade point average at Palo Verde College. Applicants will be required to attend seminars that are held each semester and meet with college counseling staff to set goals and complete university admission requirements.

A unique portion of the agreement entitles the students to additional services at Cal State San Bernardino, including library access and the opportunity to cross-enroll without paying instructional fees.

The program will be evaluated for effectiveness on an annual basis. Following the three-year term of the agreement, PVC and CSUSB have the option to renew the agreement.

For more information, contact Hortensia DeLeon at PVC at (760) 921-5502, or the PVC public information office at (760) 921-5465; or call CSUSB's office of admissions and student recruitment at (909) 880-5188, the university's public affairs office at (909) 880-5007.

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