Campus: CSU Fullerton -- November 24, 2004
High School Students Are Among Those Benefiting From Nearly
$1.1 Million Awarded to Cal State Fullerton by Dept. of Education
Approximately 450 seniors at Anaheim High School are now in their six
and final year of GEAR UP, a Cal State Fullerton program they began
in junior high.
GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate
Program, is modeled, in part, after former President Bill Clinton’s
High Hopes for College proposal that advocated partnerships between
colleges and middle schools in low-income communities to help raise
expectations and ensure successful college entry.
It is among several Cal State Fullerton programs funded by the U.S.
Department of Education, which this fall has awarded nearly $1.1 million
to the campus — all to benefit local high school and CSUF students
participating in Upward Bound South, GEAR UP, Student Support Services
and Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement. The programs strive
to facilitate and encourage students to pursue undergraduate and doctoral
GEAR UP is following an entire class of students from Sycamore Junior
High School through Anaheim High School, from which they are expected
to graduate in 2005. The program is in partnership with the Anaheim
Union High School District, city of Anaheim and Los Amigos.
Tutoring, writing and mathematics enrichment workshops will be continued,
in addition to a focus on higher education with such programs as algebra
II support classes, workshops on
completing CSU and UC applications on line, Saturday review sessions,
a college night, financial aid workshops and a parent and student college
Upward Bound gives fundamental support to participants preparing to
enter college, with a goal of increasing the rates at which students
enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions.
The Student Support Services program provides CSUF students opportunities
for academic development, assistance with basic college requirements
and endeavors to motivate them to successfully complete their undergraduate
degrees. The program’s goal is to increase retention and graduation
rates through such services as mentoring, academic and financial counseling,
assistance with securing financial support and tutoring.
Currently in its sixth year at CSUF is the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate
Achievement Program. Its goal is to increase the number of graduate
degrees earned by students from underrepresented groups. Through the
grant, the university prepares students for doctoral studies through
involvement in research and other scholarly activities.
Media Contacts: Silas H. Abrego, associate vice president
for student affairs, (714) 278-3221 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail Matsunaga, Public Affairs, (714) 278-4851 or