CSU to Sponsor Forum to Increase Faculty Diversity

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, (562) 951-4800, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu

(April 14, 2006)—In an effort to attract larger numbers of diverse students to doctoral studies and ultimately to the faculty, the California State University is co-sponsoring a graduate education forum on April 22.

The event, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Southern California, is designed to provide students of underserved populations with information about career opportunities and academic challenges associated with advanced study in varied disciplines.

“The California State University is encouraging undergraduate African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian and other minority students to continue their education at the doctoral level,” said Kip Polakoff, CSU director for the California Pre-Doctoral Program. “These students have the potential to make enormous contributions to higher education and enjoy very rewarding careers.”

The event, called the California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education, is open to sophomore, junior, senior and master students. It will offer workshops, opportunities to meet with representatives from graduate schools, and free access to the online GRE preparation courses of The Princeton Review.

To date, nearly 1,900 students from the CSU, UC and independent universities have registered. Attendees were selected by their home campuses based on strong academic records and expressed interest in learning about post-baccalaureate programs.

The forum was created in 1991 to encourage a large pool of well-qualified, culturally diverse, undergraduate and master’s level students to think of advanced study and careers in higher education. “We are working to achieve a California State University faculty that reflects our students, who are very diverse,” said Polakoff.

The Forum is a joint partnership of CSU, UC and the independent universities in California.

Go to www.calstate.edu/predoc/studentforumbrochure06.pdf to see a brochure about the forum. Go to www.calstate.edu/HR/FLP/flp_faq.shtml to learn about the California State University Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive program.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 84,000 annually. 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: April 14, 2006

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