BACKGROUND: California State University and AT&T Steps to College Success Program
Program for Success:
Through a $1.6 million, four-year commitment by the AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T Corporation, the California State University (CSU) will launch Steps to College Success – a statewide academic planning and education effort to increase university access for students in traditionally underserved communities, and ultimately build a stronger pipeline of workforce professionals in the state.
The program includes two components: the Road to College statewide bus tour and the CSU College Corps pilot program. The statewide bus tour will travel throughout California in September and October. The college corps pilot program will continue throughout the four-year partnership.
Hitting the Road with a Message:
A 40-foot highly visual, youth-oriented bus wrapped with CSU/ AT&T branding will travel to high schools, counselor conferences, and college fairs in urban areas throughout California. Powered by biodiesel, the Road to College tour bus will be fully loaded with laptop computers with high speed Internet access, along with a street team of CSU students and staff ready to answer questions about college. Enrollment counselors will also be on hand to answer questions and advise students on college preparation.
During each stop, high school students will be able to use laptops to visit the Road to College and CSUMentor websites where they can:
- Take virtual tours of each CSU campus
- Fill out a college admissions application
- Begin a student planner
- Apply for financial aid and scholarships
CSU Students Leading the Way:
A four-year pilot program will train and deploy CSU upper division and graduate students in counseling and related career programs to offer pre-college advising to underserved high school students.
Through the CSU College Corps program, CSU campuses at San Marcos, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Fresno and East Bay will provide advising to 1,000 ninth through 12th grade students during each academic year from 2008-09 to 2011-12.
About the CSU:
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 92,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.
As part of that commitment, the CSU has focused heavily on issues of accessibility, for example:
- Approximately 54 percent of CSU’s students are from underrepresented communities
- About half of all CSU students receive financial assistance in the form of aid, grants or scholarships to help pay for college
- Through its Early Assessment Program, the CSU gives 11th grade students an “early signal” on their college readiness in English and math
- 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.
About the AT&T Foundation:
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T supports projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs.
In 2007, AT&T contributed more than $164 million through corporate – employee – and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T, combine more than $1.9 billion of historic charitable commitment to communities across the country.
September 18, 2008