Campus: CSU Bakersfield -- April 29, 2005
An Unprecedented Level of Cooperation For the Benefit of Low
A whole new era of cooperation between California State University, Bakersfield
and Bakersfield College will be launched on Wednesday, May 4, with the inauguration
of the CSUB Satellite Transfer Center on the BC campus.
The transfer center will be located at BC but staffed by CSUB personnel. It
represents a bold new effort to streamline the process for BC's Hispanic and
low-income students to make a smooth transfer to the next level of their education.
Currently, the number of BC students transferring to CSUB or to any other four-year
institution is discouragingly small. This unprecedented new collaboration between
the two institutions is intended to help remedy that problem.
"Kern County and Greater Bakersfield have some of the highest high school dropout
rates and lowest college application rates in the nation," said Daryl Minus,
director of student learning services at BC. "We believe an on-going joint-effort
by all levels of our system, by our media, and by our local families can turn
these sad figures in a positive new direction.
"This new joint facility, we believe, is an important turning point in that change
of direction," he said. "We invite all the media to attend and to help create a
'go-to-college' culture in the southern San Joaquin Valley."
BC President Bill Andrews said the new center would help improve the college-going
culture in Kern County. "This commitment from CSUB is a clear statement as to
their willingness to ease the transition of BC students to this university," he
said. "We are highly appreciative of this commitment and we look forward to
continuing and building on our positive relationships with CSUB."
CSUB President Horace Mitchell said that the collaboration with BC would mean
greater opportunities for local students to earn their baccalaureate degree. "As
we move into a knowledge-based economy, it's critical for our local students to
earn their bachelor's degree," he said. "And Kern County lags behind other
counties in the state in that regard. To attract better jobs we must have a
better-educated workforce. Collaborative efforts such as this one with Bakersfield
College can make a difference."
BC - Don Clark, 661/395-4256, email@example.com
CSUB - Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, firstname.lastname@example.org