Sierra College and four universities partner with the City of Roseville to create a University Center

Last Updated: 5/15/2017

The City of Roseville along with Sierra College, California State University Sacramento, University of the Pacific, Brandman University, and William Jessup University signed a memorandum of understanding November 6, 2013  to work toward establishing a University Center for higher education in Roseville.

 (l to r) Ray Kerridge - Roseville City Manager, Willy Duncan - President of Sierra College, Tim Herman - Roseville City Council and chair of Roseville's Higher Education Task Force, Saskia Knight - Exec. Vice Chancellor of Brandman University, Maria Pallavicini - Univ. of the Pacific Provost, John Jackson - President of William Jessup University, Charles Gossett - Sacramento State Provost

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 that the transfer units articulate seamlessly to the institution of their choice. 

The City of Roseville focus on broadening its higher education options accelerated in 2011 when the City Council appointed leaders in education, business, and government to a Higher Education Task Force. The strategies resulting from the Task Force effort have been guiding the City's work.

"The more barriers we can remove to make it easier for people to complete degrees, the more attractive our workforce is to companies in this knowledge-based economy," said Roseville City Councilmember Tim Herman, current chair of the Higher Education Task Force.

The 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. The cost and time reduction are a result of coordinated, well-defined transfer pathways from lower division community college courses to upper division university studies to degree.

"Sierra College is always working to provide increased educational opportunities for our students. We hope that the University Center will decrease the time to degree completion and lower the overall cost," said Willy Duncan, Superintendent/President of Sierra College. "This partnership will provide an opportunity for our transfer students to get their advanced degrees locally while also selecting from a highly regarded group of universities."

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 an initial “proof of concept,” 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.

“The University Center is an innovative way to bring together multiple degree offerings from excellent universities in a convenient location for area residents. We appreciate the commitment and willingness of each of these universities to work together and explore new ways of making degree attainment more accessible in this region,” Herman added.

"The Roseville University Center will give us the opportunity to extend Sacramento State's reach and better serve students in the region. This agreement is another example of how our work to strengthen community partnerships can lead to greater access to Sacramento State's excellent educational programs," said Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez.

"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 Maria Pallavicini, University of the Pacific Provost. “Together with the expanded new offerings that we are planning for the University of 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."

"William Jessup University is committed to partnering with the City of Roseville to extend higher education opportunities to even more people," said Jessup's President, John Jackson. "As Placer County's only accredited residential four year university, we are delighted to extend our courses to another location within the region."

“We value this partnership greatly as it aligns with our University’s mission to provide students access to an affordable education at a location that remains convenient for them,” said Gary Brahm, chancellor Brandman University.

Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year Universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills.  Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region.
Sacramento State is an important leader and community partner in California’s Capital Region, offering a life-changing education for more than 28,000 students, preparing them to be leaders in their professions and communities. Our professors are known for their dedication to great teaching, and many of our fields offer applied research opportunities for our undergraduates. Sacramento State’s location in the capital of the nation’s most populous state allows students to pursue unique internships and research.  One in 22 Sacramento residents is a Sacramento State graduate.

Established in 1851 as the first university in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton campus offers more than 80 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, music, business, education, engineering and computer science, and pharmacy and health sciences. The university's distinctive Northern California footprint also includes the acclaimed Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco and the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.

Founded in 1939 by William Jessup, the University moved to Rocklin, California, in August 2004. WJU is the first and only WASC accredited private four-year university to have its main campus located in the greater Sacramento area, offering degrees in many different disciplines, including Biology, Business Administration, Creative Arts, Family & Children’s Ministry, English, History, Intercultural Studies, Education, Math, Music, Pastoral Ministry, Psychology, Public Policy and Youth Ministry. In addition, the university offers a Master's of Arts in Teaching. WJU also has a School of Professional Studies (SPS) at its campuses in Rocklin and San Jose. Program concentrations include Business Administration, Christian Leadership, Counseling Psychology, Organizational Leadership and a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Credential Program.

Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for students with busy schedules. The university offers 50+ undergraduate, graduate, credential and certificate programs across its schools of arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health. Brandman serves an average of 12,000 students annually with programs available online and at over 25 campuses throughout California and Washington. The university’s online programs consistently rank among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.