The California State University’s Distributes Thousands of “How to Get to College” posters to California’s middle and high schools

Contact: Colleen Bentley-Adler, (562) 951-4801, cbentley-adler@calstate.edu

(October 21, 2003) -- Thousands of colorful California State University posters with everything students or parents need to know on how to prepare for college are in the mail this week to all the state’s public and private middle and high schools.

California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed, with a generous contribution by the Boeing Company, produced the posters, which are arranged in blocks by grades starting at 6th and going through 12th grade.

“One of the California State University’s critical goals is to work with the state’s K-12 schools because their students become our students,” said Chancellor Reed. “These posters give clear steps to parents and students so they know what classes to take, when to take required tests and when to apply to college. It’s all here, and it’s in English and Spanish.”

This is the third printing of the posters, but the first with the Boeing Company. Their contribution allowed the CSU to print 500,000 copies for the schools, as well as YMCAs, YWCAs, Boys and Girls’ Clubs and libraries.

“The Boeing Company believes strongly in helping provide access to higher education, so these posters fit right in with our goals,” said Steve Chesser, senior manager, community relations. “Investing in student achievement at the middle and high school level means that more students will go to college, and then become productive and educated members of the state’s workforce. We are proud to work with the California State University on this project.”

The CSU first began printing a version of the poster in 1999. Since that time, the system has printed and distributed about 400,000 to the state’s 6,500 public and private middle and high schools. With the Boeing Company’s donation, the CSU is able to print in one year what it had printed over a three-year period.

The posters are successful because they are:
· Written in simple language
· Categorized by grade level
· Contain both CSU and the University of California requirements

Statistics show that college graduates earn one million dollars more over their lifetimes than high school graduates. So getting students to prepare for, attend and graduate from college means a more educated workforce that is vital to California’s economy.

Given the state’s budget problems, which meant a $304 million cut to the CSU’s budget this year, and possible higher reductions next year, the 23 campuses are having to limit enrollment. Therefore, the better prepared the students are when they apply to the CSU, the better their chances of getting into college. The poster helps with that preparation.

“This partnership with Boeing is a true public/private partnership. If we both assist the public schools in preparing students, then the California State University will be a better university and Boeing will have produced a better educated workforce. These are goals that we both can be proud of,” said Chancellor Reed.

The poster is available online at www.calstate.edu by clicking on the “How to Get to College” guides. Additional copies are also available by calling the CSU Public Affairs Office at (562) 951-4800.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 414,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu.

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Last Updated: October 24, 2003

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