Bilingual college planned for California

In a new partnership between Brandman University in California and German publisher Bertelsmann, a new bilingual college will be developed in the state, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The new college will primarily serve Hispanic students whose English skills are good enough for them to graduate high school, but may be putting them off filling out a college application. Brandman University has a long tradition of serving the Latino and Hispanic community, and claims that its graduation rate for all students is around 68 percent.

Brandman is an affiliate of Chapman University, and was independently accredited and renamed in 2009. The college currently serves more than 11,000 students across 25 campuses throughout California.

"This [venture] has the opportunity to significantly improve [Hispanic students'] success," Gary Brahm, chancellor of the college, told the news source.

Improving the college enrollment rate of Hispanic students has been a goal of many academic leaders and education officials for some time. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, the number of Hispanic students filling out college applications rose by 24 percent between 2009 and 2010. 

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