Blog: Latino Ed Beat

Program Offers Guaranteed College Admission to Some Students

A new program aims to improve graduation rates for Latino students by making it easier to be admitted to college and to transfer between community college and four-year universities. 

Students at Garfield High School in Los Angeles who meet requirements will receive automatic admission to California State University, Los Angeles. Community college students from East L.A. College will also be able to transfer to the university. The program is known as “GO East LA: A Pathway for College and Career Success.” 

The Atlantic notes that the initiative “aims to create a college-going culture in a section of East Los Angeles where only a tiny share of the overwhelmingly Latino residents have college degrees.” 

TheLos Angeles Times reports that the community college will expand the classes it offers to high school students. 

“Our goal is simple – when we educate and empower students, we strengthen entire communities,” Cal State LA president William A. Covino said in a news release.  “GO East LA harnesses existing resources and identifies new opportunities to engage and encourage young people to graduate from high school to college, and on to meaningful careers. This is a powerful collaboration with great potential to change lives in East Los Angeles and beyond.”

Colleges in other states have pursued similar initiatives. For example, Miami Dade College and Florida International University are both credited as being among the top in the nation in enrolling Latino students. The two higher education institutions work together so that students can easily transfer between the two systems.

Students can participate in a dual admission program in which they are enrolled in both institutions. Students who complete their associate’s within three years at Miami-Dade are automatically admitted to attend FIU to complete their bachelor’s degrees.