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Pacific and four other higher education institutions partner with City of Roseville to create new University Center

Nov 8, 2013

University of the Pacific, Sierra College, California State University Sacramento, Brandman University, William Jessup University and the City of Roseville have signed a memorandum of understanding to work toward establishing a University Center for higher education in Roseville, a community north of Sacramento.

The concept of the University Center is to provide students with the opportunity to enroll in a range of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degree programs offered by multiple institutions in one physical location. Sierra College will provide the freshman and sophomore years for each student and offer pathways that ensure the transfer units articulate seamlessly to the institution of their choice. Key goals of the University Center are to create strong links to area schools and businesses and to lower the cost and reduce the amount of time required to obtain a four-year degree.  

"We are pleased to enter into a public-private partnership that will bring new higher education opportunities to students where they live and work," said University of the Pacific Provost Maria Pallavicini. "Together with the expanded new offerings that we are planning for the Pacific McGeorge campus in Sacramento, this agreement will help to make a Pacific education possible for more students who seek an academically rigorous curriculum, small class sizes, and a supportive and engaging culture."

With the MOU, the City of Roseville and its educational institution partners will work to establish the University Center at Sierra College's Roseville Gateway campus as a prototype, with the ultimate goal of finding a long-term site to establish and operate a first-class, dynamic center for higher education serving the residents and businesses of Roseville, South Placer County and the Sacramento region.