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Issue #33
December 2012

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Community Leaders and CSU Discuss Outreach to Asian American-Pacific Islander Families

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community leaders from the Bay Area and Southern California met with CSU leaders to discuss progress of Journey to Success, a community outreach program designed to reach out to underserved families to learn about the steps to college.

The Dec. 7 event was held simultaneously at the CSU Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach and at CSU East Bay. The two venues were connected by video. CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, CSU Vice Chancellor Garrett Ashley and CSU East Bay President Leroy M. Morishita spoke about the university’s efforts to build stronger relations with California communities and about the status of AAPI students in higher education.

"From demographic projections, we know who our students will be, and we know we need to do things differently in order to reach those students,” Reed said. “Our goal has been to provide clear information about how to prepare academically and financially for college, and to build long-term partnerships with communities.”

For the past two years the CSU has developed extraordinary efforts to reach out and gain the attention of AAPI communities. Outreach programs include the Journey to Success initiative, which recognizes commonalities among Asian American and Pacific Islander students while delivering information in culturally sensitive ways to each community.

“Each of the AAPI subgroups have different backgrounds, different socioeconomic experiences, and different languages,” Morishita said. “With cultural and language barriers, many of their parents have difficulty understanding the educational system and how it operates. Without proper guidance and information, students are not often directed to a path that will lead to access to college and graduation.” 

The CSU AAPI Initiative addresses these challenges by providing information for targeted subgroups and by building pathways and collaborations among the various educational entities.

During breakout sessions, community leaders provided their input on three main themes: How to build upon the Journey to Success program; how to involve more community organizations in the initiative; and ideas for additional financial support.

See a 5 min. video about the CSU AAPI Initiative http://youtu.be/i-8-GBjtB4Q

President Morishita addresses AAPI community forum
Leroy M. Morishita, president at CSU East Bay, addresses the community forum.

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Community participants at CSU East Bay.

CSU AAPI Community Forum Participants
Community participants at CSU Chancellor's Office.

Chancellor Reed At CSU AAPI Community Forum
CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed addresses the AAPI community forum. This was his last speaking engagement before retiring after 14 years of service.


Latino Applicants Drive Record Increase in CSU Applications

The number of CSU undergraduate applicants for fall 2013 is up 9 percent from last year, rising from about 259,000 to nearly 283,000. 

Although, the larger number reflects increases across all of the major ethnic/racial groups that make up the CSU’s applicant pool, half of the gain was driven by Hispanic or Latino applicants.

A snapshot, as of Nov. 30, shows the following numbers, based on self-identification:

Hispanic or Latino applicants: 99,558, up 15 percent from 86,147 at the same time last year.

White applicants:  84,629, up 4.6 percent from 80,833 last year.

Asian applicants:  50,585, up 6.7 percent from 47,409 last year.

Black or African American applicants: 17,663, up 6.4 percent from 16,588 last year.

Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander applicants: 2,502, up 7.4 percent from 2,329 last year.

American Indian or Alaska Native applicants: 1,706, up 7 percent from 1,593 last year.

According to an analysis of census data by the Pew Research Center, recent enrollment gains at 4-year colleges and universities made by Latino students are explained by their higher rates of high school completion and by higher numbers of young Latinos who are eligible for admission to college.

Based on self-reported statistical data, no ethnic or racial group forms a majority among CSU undergraduate applicants. Latinos, however, represented the largest share (35 percent) of CSU applicants and commanded the largest increase, among all ethnic and racial groups. 

The CSU, the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), and Univision, along with more than 100 community partners, have implemented several programs to increase knowledge about attending college among Hispanic families.

Among these programs are the Es El Momento Education Fair, which attracts between 35,000 to 50,000 family members annually, and the nine-week college training for parents delivered by PIQE, which every year graduates more than 8,000 parents who live near CSU campuses across the state.


Upcoming College Events and Fairs

February 17
Super Sunday, Northern California

February 24
Super Sunday, Southern California


Chancellor White Joins CSU, Jan. 2

Timothy P. WhiteTimothy P. White will begin his tenure as the new chancellor of the California State University system on Jan. 2. White succeeds former Chancellor Charles B. Reed, who retired on Dec. 7, after serving the CSU for 14 years.

White, 63, has been serving as chancellor of the University of California, Riverside since 2008.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, White immigrated to Northern California, and is a first-generation college student. He has matriculated within every college system in the state. After beginning at Diablo Valley Community College, he earned a bachelor's from Fresno State, a master's degree from Cal State Hayward (East Bay), and a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.

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High School Students Learn About Career Opportunities in Hospitality Industry

Hospitality High School Summit

Four CSU hospitality programs were represented at the Experience Hospitality: Los Angeles High School Summit event held Nov. 27, at Staples Center.

The event was produced in a partnership of the CSU Hospitality Management Education Initiative (HMEI), The Collins College at Cal Poly Pomona, and the California Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

Approximately 150 high school students from eight Los Angeles area high schools heard keynote speaker Carlito Jocson, co-founder and executive chef at Yard House. Students also toured the Staples Center, the JW Marriott, Nokia Theater and Katsuya Restaurant. During lunch, students networked with 50 of LA’s top hospitality professionals.

All of the participating students are currently attending culinary arts programs in their high schools. The purpose of the event was to expose students to the college and career opportunities available to them in the hospitality industry.

CSU participating campuses were Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge and San Diego State.

See more event photos on Facebook.

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