Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- October 16, 2001
Cal Poly Receives Grant to Recruit Disadvantaged Students
Cal Poly will receive some $294,000 in federal education grant money
over the next three years to help recruit and retain students from economically
The grant money will pay for recruiting at 32 partner high schools and
three Upward Bound programs throughout California. The grant money will
also pay for a summer program at Cal Poly to help those students better
prepare for college-level work, an academic advisor for the students,
and training for 20 Cal Poly faculty and staff members who will serve
as their mentors.
Cal Poly has pledged to continue the statewide recruitment after the grant
has ended, said Harry Hellenbrand, dean of the College of Liberal Arts
and chair of the university's Diversity Enhancement Committee. The university
actually began the program this year, before receiving the grant money.
Cal Poly will receive $94,571 from the federal Department of Education's
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant program.
The university will receive $103,781 in 2002 and $95,989 in 2003 for a
total of $294,341.
The grant is important because it will help the university recruit and
retain students from underrepresented ethnic groups or socio-economic
groups who meet all qualifications to get into Cal Poly but who might
not have chosen to apply because they didn't think they could get in,
"We want to make sure that the university draws qualified students
from all socio-economic levels and family backgrounds from throughout
the state of California. We are unique within the California State University
system, in that Cal Poly is the only member of the CSU that has a statewide
mission," Hellenbrand explained.
Attracting students from underrepresented areas and backgrounds has proved
difficult because Cal Poly is "impacted" under the CSU admissions
system. It receives roughly four times more applicants every year than
it has openings for new students.
Thanks in part to the new grant, Cal Poly will now work with its 32 partner
high schools to attract qualified students from those schools and help
them stay enrolled at the university. The university will also help those
students apply for financial aid.
Those partner high schools include Santa Maria High School, Lompoc High
School, Cabrillo Senior High School, Salinas High School, Calexico High
School, the California Academy of Math and Science, Chula Vista Senior
High School, Coachella Valley High School, Dorsey Senior High School,
Etiwanda High School, James Logan High School, the Los Angeles Center
of Enriched Study, Crenshaw Senior High School, Garfield Senior High School,
Roosevelt Senior High School, Newark Memorial High School, Fremont Senior
High School, Ramona Senior High School, Alisa High School, Thurgood Marshall
Academy, Andrew P. Hill High School and Wasco High School.
The university will select 10 more partner high schools for the program
over the next year, Hellenbrand said.
As part of its effort to recruit students from disadvantaged socio-economic
backgrounds, the university will also reach out to recruit students from
three Upward Bound math and science programs for teenagers held at Cal
Lutheran University, UC Berkeley and USC.
Upward Bound serves students whose families are classified at 150 percent
below the poverty line or whose parents have not completed high school.
The program has a proven record of preparing those students for college.
Cal Poly was among 77 U.S. colleges and universities and six in California
to receive such grants from the FIPSE program.