Campus: CSU Northridge -- August 2, 2002
CSUN Library Awarded $1.6 Million Grant by Feds
Funds Project to Strengthen Latino Student Research Skills
Cal State Northridge's library has been awarded a five-year $1.6 million
grant from the U.S. Department of Education to bolster student success
by strengthening the library's outreach to the Latino community.
The project, "Improving Student Success Through Strengthening Library
Collections, Archives and Information Competence," received the
grant through the Department of Education's Hispanic Serving Institutions
(HSI) Program, which is authorized under Title V of the Higher Education
The project is designed to demonstrate that students write better research
papers, achieve better grades and have a higher rate of overall achievement
when they increase their library usage and develop their information
Cal State Northridge President Jolene Koester said it was an honor to
receive the award.
"The grant supports several of Cal State Northridge's major goals,"
Koester said. "We are deeply committed to student achievement.
We are committed to being an intellectual and cultural resource in the
community. And we are committed to supporting the diversity of our students."
Susan C. Curzon, dean of the university's library, said the project
has three objectives. The first is to increase Latino students' library
use and research skills by expanding the library's collection of books,
journals, electronic resources, media and teacher curriculum materials
related to Latino history, social sciences and culture.
The second objective, Curzon said, is that the library will acquire,
digitize and improve accessibility of primary archival materials related
to Latino individuals and organizations in the San Fernando Valley area
and other areas within Los Angeles.
"Archives offer a wealth of primary research materials," she
said. "Student use of these collections contributes to the depth
of cited resources and the quality of students' research projects."
The third goal focuses on measuring the impact of instruction by librarians
on student information competence skills, a goal of the university's
overall general education program.
"Information competence, which is the set of skills needed to find,
evaluate, use and produce information in today's many formats, is essential
for student success," Curzon said.
The Department of Education grant will give the university $1,610,951
over the course of five years, or about 82 percent of the total cost
of the project which is budgeted at $1,956,671. Curzon said the remaining
money will come out of the university's budget.
"We only want one thing—for our students to achieve their
dreams," Koester said. "This grant will help many students
on the path to success."
Hispanic Serving Institutions are defined as having an enrollment of
undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent
Hispanic, and assures that not less than 50 percent of these students
are low-income individuals.
Of the 31,448 students enrolled at Cal State Northridge in fall 2001,
30 percent were Latino.
Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler( 818) 677-2130 firstname.lastname@example.org