The Oakland college was to close in 2023 but now announces a survival plan. Under the merger, undergraduate men will be admitted, changing tradition.
Without the change, students could have seen their Cal Grants cut by $1,028 a year. Enrollments at many private colleges in California already have declined in the pandemic.
Educators and the public do not have data that "in my view greatly improve students' performance and their ultimate employment," said Sen. Steve Glazer (D – Orinda), chair of the select committee on student success in the Senate.
Azusa Pacific University, Mills College, Pepperdine and University of San Francisco are some of the 36 colleges involved.