Campus: EAST BAY -- November 29, 2006

Osher Foundation Awards another $1 million Endowment to CSUEB

Cal State East Bay's PACE program has been awarded a $1 million endowment by the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco to enable the university to enhance the educational program designed for full-time working adults by awarding scholarships to a large number of those participating reentry students.

PACE-Program for Accelerated College Education-enables working adult students to make accelerated progress towards a bachelor's degree with a major in human development, liberal studies, or leadership in hospitality and leisure services. The endowment will allow the university to increase the number of scholarships awarded to the highest achieving PACE students.

It is the second $1 million endowment to be awarded to the university by the Osher Foundation since Cal State East Bay's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute received one that was previously announced on Nov. 15.

PACE classes are the same as those taken by students pursuing their degrees through the traditional university format. The only difference is the carefully structured course sequence, as well as the flexible method of delivery which may include course materials on video or online.

Adults with fulltime jobs can complete all of their upper division requirements in seven quarters. Courses are offered at night and on weekends. Many also are offered online.

"PACE provides a curriculum design and advising and administrative support to reentry students who are working adults and clearly value a higher education," said Deborah Baker, PACE director and CSUEB associate director of academic programs and graduate studies. "These students are aware of the sacrifices they must make in order to get their degrees.

"The Bernard Osher Foundation endowment communicates unequivocally that these students have a partner in the community committed to supporting and improving their educational journeys," Baker said.

PACE classes are offered on both the Concord and Hayward campuses of Cal State East Bay. Cal State East Bay also offers PACE courses in San Pablo on the campus of Contra Costa College through a partnership between the two schools.

Among its priorities, The Bernard Osher Foundation, established by Osher in 1977, seeks to improve the quality of life for residents of the San Francisco Bay Area through programs principally in higher education and the arts. Bernard Osher is a businessman and community leader whose philanthropy has benefited Bay Area organizations and the people they serve for three decades.

Contact: Barry Zepel, Media Relations Officer, (510) 885-3884

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