New UC Berkeley-Mills College Partnership Provides Cross-Campus Programs

Oakland, CA–October 20, 2017

KGO TV Channel 7, featured benefits of the new UC Berkeley-Mills College partnership that was formalized this week with a memorandum of understanding.

According to UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ, “The public schools face issues of enrollment capacity and that’s a place where I think the privates can really help.”

“We have complimentary challenges and the ability to help each other move forward by relying on our distinctive strengths,” said Mills President Elizabeth L. Hillman.  

The two institutions seek to leverage the unique benefits of public universities and small independent colleges. “The collaboration will likely serve as a model for other UC campuses and their neighboring liberal arts colleges,” said ABC 7 News reporter Lyanne Melendez.

An article in the The Daily Californian noted that cross-registration and faculty collaboration between the two institutions has existed for decades, and that a task force was created to consider new ways the communities can benefit from each other.

“The two schools have had a friendly and loose collaboration historically because we’ve both been neighbors for a long time,” said Margaret Hunter associate provost for recruitment and student success at Mills College and co-chair of the task force that developed the formal partnership. “What makes this task force unique is how much we’ve accomplished in the relatively short time that we’ve been meeting.”