CSU Dominguez Hills and L.A. Community College District Enter New Partnership for Student Success

December 13, 2023

By Juliet Hidalgo

CSUDH President Thomas A. Parham (seated, left) and LACCD Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez (seated, right) signing the Memorandum of Understanding.

CSU Dominguez Hills and Los Angeles Community College District Enter New Partnership for Student Success

December 13, 2023 - (Carson, CA) California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure the seamless recruitment, retention, and graduation of LACCD students at CSUDH. 

The institutions created the wide-ranging partnership to provide better support to LACCD students intending to transfer to CSUDH, grow the transfer rate of LACCD students to CSUDH, and increase the four-year college-going rates within the community college district.

Under the agreement, CSUDH will guarantee admission to all LACCD applicants who complete minimum CSU admissions requirements, and will also expand its number of Associate Degree for Transfer offerings. New data sharing practices will enable CSUDH to redirect first-time, first-year applicants who aren’t admitted at CSUDH toward a pathway for easy transfer at LACCD institutions. Similarly, the agreement allows LACCD to hand off transfer-ready students more effectively to CSUDH.

“From start to finish, students will have personalized support navigating and planning their journey from LACCD to CSUDH,” said CSUDH President Thomas A. Parham. “This intentional, collaborative effort will bolster our strategic priorities of ‘Thriving Students’ and ‘Culture of Care,’ ensuring that every LACCD student can succeed at CSUDH.”

LACCD is the largest community college district in the U.S. and one of the top producers of transfer students to CSUDH. LACCD consists of nine colleges: East Los Angeles (ELAC), Los Angeles City College (LACC), Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC), Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angles Southwest College (LASC), Los Angles Trade Tech (LATTC), Los Angeles Valley College, and West Los Angeles College. 

“This forward-looking partnership with CSUDH amplifies excellent educational opportunities locally for our students. This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to provide seamless and accessible pathways for our community college students to complete their educational goals at CSUDH,” said LACCD Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez. “Education is the great emancipator and we know that our students will feel empowered and supported at CSUDH. Our common interest to foster educational excellence at our institutions will bolster the economic mobility of our students and our community."

Image: CSUDH President Thomas A. Parham (seated, left) and LACCD Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez (seated, right) signing the Memorandum of Understanding.



About California State University, Dominguez Hills

California State University, Dominguez Hills cultivates an academic community committed to justice, equity, and inclusion—one that fosters a sense of belonging and advances social mobility for our graduates. For more than five decades, we have provided knowledge, talent, and leadership to Southern California and beyond. Strategically located to bring educational pathways to underserved communities in the aftermath of the 1965 Watts Rebellion, we proudly educate many first-generation college students. Ranked second in the nation for expanding college access and increasing economic opportunities, CSUDH delivers a transformative education that is grounded in culturally sustaining practices, innovative research, creativity, and community engagement. We are dedicated to fostering students’ critical inquiry, career readiness, and passion for lifelong learning—ensuring that upon graduation, students are equipped to lead and thrive in the industries shaping the future. For more information, visit


About the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)
LACCD ( is the nation’s largest community college district, educating about 210,000 students annually at its nine colleges that serve the residents of more than 36 cities and communities from 900 square miles of Los Angeles County. Since 1969, the District has been providing an important learning pathway for students seeking transfer to four-year colleges or universities while also offering two-year degrees and certificated training programs to Southern California’s diverse workforce in many specialized trades and professions. Learn more about our L.A. College Promise program of free tuition at OurPromiseYourPath.

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