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University-community college agreement to help student admission

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Gabrielle Dewberry runs to class with her assignment in hand at Cal State-Fullerton.

Cal State Fullerton, Saddleback College, and Irvine Valley College have entered into an admissions agreement that stands to help thousands of community college students, just as school is about to start.

Cal State Fullerton Dean Susan Cooper wants more students from the two nearby colleges to enroll at her university. To make that happen, they’ve entered into an agreement to work more closely together to help students complete the courses they need to get into Cal State. It's not quite automatic admission, but it's close.

"They will have had the mentoring of our staff, they will have worked with the Saddleback or Irvine Valley College transfer center or counselors. They’ll be identified or singled out for consideration," she said.

The effort is part of Cal State Fullerton’s growth plan.

It wants to expand enrollment at its Irvine campus to 8,000 a year. The agreement between the colleges and university is part of a statewide trend among higher education institutions to make clear what community college classes transfer to Cal States and to push community college students to complete their studies quicker.

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