CSU Bakersfield -- October 15, 2003
Receives Major Grants
California State University, Bakersfield has recently been awarded nearly
$8 million in grant funds which will assist in advancing higher education
in Kern County. According to Janice Chavez, CSUB's interim dean of
Graduate Studies and Research who heads up the grants and contracts
division, the university has received six federal grants that will assist
with everything from improving infrastructure to providing student
tutoring, while strengthening community partnerships.
"Through the grant writing process, we are required to determine the
critical needs of the university and the community, and then the grant
funds help us to meet those needs," Chavez said. "Some of the areas
identified (as critical needs) were providing a more streamlined transfer
and advising process, enhancing faculty development and expanding library
and technology resources."
The six grants include two Title V grants totaling $5.3 million; the
Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program for $1.1 million;
a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Hispanic Serving
Institutions Assisting Communities Program grant for $600,000; a nursing
grant totaling $500,000; and a Cesar Chavez grant for $160,000.
In light of the state's current budget reductions, CSUB Provost Jim George
said the grants come at a critical time.
"All of these grants are important," George said. "But specifically the
Title V collaborative grant will allow us to improve our articulation and
transfer arrangements with Bakersfield College and help CSUB continue its
efforts to ensure that our students graduate in a timely fashion and
graduate with appropriate skills that are needed in this region.
"Together, the grants represent this university's determination and desire
to collaborate with the community, and shows that whether it's with the
Bakersfield Homeless Shelter or Bakersfield College or Bakersfield City
School District, CSUB intends to be a good partner," he added.
The two Title V grants are geared toward four-year, public, federally
designated Hispanic Service Institutions and will help the university
better serve Hispanics and members of other under-represented groups. One
is a three-year individual award of nearly $2.2 million that will develop
an OASIS center on campus (One-stop Academic Success and Integrated
Services Center), enhance faculty development through diversity training,
expand multicultural library resources and internship opportunities, and
help students develop skills in computer and information resources
The second Title V grant is a cooperative grant with Bakersfield College.
This five-year program will help streamline and shorten the transfer
process for students coming from the two-year college, support the
integration of the Centers for Teaching and Learning at the two
institutions, and provide additional English as Second Language (ESL)
The HUD and Cesar Chavez grants are also collaborative grants. Through the
HUD grant, the CSUB Child, Adolescent and Family Studies department will
partner with the Bakersfield Homeless Center to create a Family Resource
Center that includes an education and social development program called
"Champ Camp" and a Literacy Center. The Cesar Chavez grant is a
partnership between CSUB and the Bakersfield City, Fairfax and North
Beardsley school districts to develop service learning projects at the
schools and help educate elementary school-age children about Cesar Chavez
and the impact he had on their community.
The McNair post-baccalaureate program is a five-year grant that will help
prepare undergraduates for graduate programs. The nursing grant program is
titled Increase Nurses Now, and is designed to increase recruitment,
retention, and successful completion of the nursing program by ethnically
diverse, educationally and/or socio-economically disadvantaged students.
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