Wilberforce University, the historically Black educational institution in Ohio, has signed an agreement with Seattle Central College that will provide for guaranteed admission to Wilberforce for any student who earns an associate’s degree at Seattle Central. Students will be able to transfer to Wilberforce and enter as juniors with all their credits accepted toward a bachelor’s degree.
Seattle Central College enrolls about 6,500 students. African Americans are only 9 percent of the student body.
Sheila Edwards Lange, president of Seattle Central College, told the African American-owned Seattle Medium newspaper, “I want them [our students] to have a broad range of alternatives to consider when trying to obtain a bachelor’s degree. I think there is something that our students can get from an HBCU that they may not get from [places like the University of Washington] that allows them to come out and provide the leadership that our community desperately needs right now.”
Dr. Lange was named interim president in 2015 and president of Seattle Central College in 2016. Earlier, she was as vice president for minority affairs and vice provost for diversity at the University of Washington. Dr. Lange is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington.