Talking Points for President Horace Mitchell
CSU is committed to “universal access”
CSU is committed to universal access which we define as making sure all students
who want to seek a college degree know what they need to do to be prepared;
know what they need to meet college requirements; has a shot with their peers
to enroll; and able to succeed when they get on campus.
California’s population now is a minority-majority state. According to a recent
PPIC report California, by 2025, the demand will outpace the supply of graduates
with a bachelor’s degree by 1 million people. It is no long an option to ignore the
future of California underserved majority population and future workforce.
The CSU system is the university of choice for the majority of first generation
college students. We are also providing access to students from what we refer to
as underserved groups for a baccalaureate degree program. We are the first, and
best hope for first generation college students.
56% of CSU’s students are students of color
66% of California’s K-12 students are students of color
33% of all Latino students in higher education in the country, live in
Research shows that there are several factors that impact a student's ability to
learn and become prepared for college - access to qualified teachers, class size,
and rigorous curriculum.
A challenging high school [A to G course pattern] curriculum can help
predict postsecondary success. That means all students should take four
years of English, at least three years of science including two lab courses,
four years of math up to Algebra II, four years of social studies, and two
years of a foreign language.
The Education Trust seeks to ensure that all students have access to an
intellectually demanding curriculum and assignments; prerequisites for a
productive life after high school, be it in the classroom or on the job.
The caliber of teachers drives student success. The CSU is committed to
preparing more high quality teachers for California's K-12 public schools.
Increased recruitment efforts, the development of new and innovative
training programs and the implementation of expanded and flexible
scheduling of teacher preparation program offerings have resulted in an
increasing number of teachers who complete their training in the CSU. The
CSU also continues to strengthen its pedagogical training by carrying out
research on K-12 teaching and learning that is critical to the development
of education in California.
Math is the gateway to college and is required for many well-paying, high-
growth careers. In light of California's budget crisis many school districts
are cancelling summer school, denying students a chance to advance their
math skills. The CSU and church partners have stepped up efforts to
prepare students for a brighter future through the Summer Algebra
Institutes. The Summer Algebra Institute is a California standards-based
math curriculum. This curriculum is designed to enhance the academic
performance of underserved and vulnerable middle school students and
accelerate math skills acquisition.
Some examples of CSU’s outreach and academic preparation efforts that are in
place to address the “access gap” include:
The CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) allows 11th grade students to
assess their college readiness in English and math, enabling students to
spend their last year in high school filling any academic gaps for CSU
admission. The EAP has three components: early testing, the opportunity
for additional preparation in the 12th grade, and professional development
activities for high school English and mathematics teachers. For the fourth
consecutive year, results reflect an increase in the overall number of
students tested. Of the 466,303 11th graders who took the California
Standards Test (CST) in spring 2009, a record 369,441 (79 percent) also took
one or both of the tests. Since the spring 2006 administration, the number
of EAP test-takers grew by more than 50,000, an increase twice the growth
in 11th graders.
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is an educational access and
retention program that supports low-income, educationally disadvantaged
students, many of whom are first-generation college students. EOP plays a
critical role in helping these students prepare for CSU admission.
The CSU’s "How to Get to College" poster outlines steps for middle and
high school students to prepare for college. The CSU has distributed more
than 3 million copies in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese.
As part of its African American Initiative, the CSU has partnered with
churches throughout California to bring awareness to students, parents and
families about the importance of early preparation for college. This year,
Super Sunday has been expanded to 100 African American churches in
California and will reach out to more than 100,000 families encouraging
students to prepare for college as early as middle school. Super Sunday
2010, which takes place on three consecutive Sundays: February 14,
February 21, and February 28 in Central, Northern and Southern California.
Now on its fifth year, the African American initiative has contributed to the
o A 78 percent increase in the number of African American students
applying for freshman admission at CSU campuses, between 2004
and 2008 (15,550 applicants in 2008-09 vs. 8,737 applicants in 2004-
o A 20 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment by African
American students from 18,428 in Fall 2004 to 22,167 in Fall 2008.
The CSU partners with the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE),
which helps strengthen parent involvement in elementary and middle
school students’ education. Parents learn how to improve their child’s
classroom performance and identify steps to help their child attend college
during an intensive training program. The PIQE program works in
partnership with all 23 CSU campuses and reaches into and over 120 middle
schools where their parent training classes are conducted.
CSU is part of the state-wide Troops to College initiative, which is a
developed academic outreach and enrollment plan to help California’s
60,000 veterans attend colleges and universities.
The CSU in partnership with AT&T will conduct its second Road to College
Tour later this year. This statewide campaign empowers students, parents,
teachers and counselors with information about how to prepare for
college. The customized 40-foot biodiesel tour bus traveled to high schools,
college fairs and CSU’s Counselor Conferences in September and October.
The bus is loaded with laptop computers and at each stop students,
teachers and counselors explored the CSU's 23 campuses, learned about
the admissions process, received information about financial aid, and
talked to CSU experts.