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CSU Expands Super Sunday Outreach to 100 California Churches

Officials call for college preparation starting in middle school as access to CSU campuses becomes more competitive


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(January 29, 2010) – Throughout February and beyond, California State University officials will reach out to more than 100,000 families in approximately 100 African American congregations throughout California to encourage early preparation for college.

The chancellor, trustees, campus presidents and other higher education representatives will call on parents and students to begin planning for college admission as early as middle school and to enroll in challenging classes that prepare for college.

"The path to a college degree starts long before a student sets foot in high school,”
said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “Our message to students is to start meeting   CSU's eligibility requirements early, and to be prepared to compete for admission at a CSU campus." 

CSU officials will bring this message to 100 congregations in almost 40 California cities to engage the community in helping students get on track and succeed in college.

The complete list of churches with the schedule of events is available online and includes locations in Northern California, Southern California and Fresno. For the first time, this list includes congregations in Corona, Oceanside, Oxnard, Riverside, Santa Ana, Yorba Linda, Fresno, and the San Fernando Valley.

Super Sunday is part of the CSU African American Initiative, which strives to find new ways to educate youth and parents about the value of a college degree and the steps to get to college. Now on its fifth year, the initiative has contributed to the following results:

  • 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 08-09 vs. 8,737 applicants in 04-05).   
  • A 20 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment by African American students from 18,428 in Fall 2004 to 22,167 in Fall 2008.

In addition to Super Sunday, the CSU African American Initiative includes a yearlong schedule of events including Summer Algebra Institutes, Train the Trainer workshops, and Super Saturday education fairs.
 
Following Super Sunday services, CSU outreach staff and church education counselors will provide information about steps to college and financial aid. Students and their families will receive information about CSU Mentor, the website that prospective students use to find information and apply to a CSU campus. Participants will also receive the “How to Get to College” poster, which provides middle and high school students and their parents with step-by-step information on planning for college.

For more information, visit the CSU Super Sunday website.

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