Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, (562) 951-4800,
or Evelyn Duarte, (562) 951-4800,

Visit the CSU Super Sunday site for more information.

California State University Chancellor and Presidents to Speak at L.A. Churches on CSU Super Sunday Feb. 26

CSU Partners with African American Churches to Highlight Path To Reach College

February 17, 2006 -- In an effort to increase the number of African American students eligible to attend college, the California State University is partnering with African American churches in the Los Angeles basin to reach out to parents and students in their congregations.

On Sunday, Feb. 26, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed and campus presidents will address congregations at seven churches on “CSU Super Sunday” to bring awareness to the role of parent involvement and early preparation in getting to college. Reed will speak at West Angeles Church during the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. (Here is the current list of churches and speakers)

“Out of the more than 405,000 students enrolled at 23 CSU campuses, six percent are African American,” said Chancellor Reed. “Just 7,200 African American males enrolled as undergraduates at the CSU, which is one of the most diverse university systems in the country. This is deplorably low, and all of us must be accountable for improving this number. The churches and the CSU are combining energies to bring this message to the congregation, parents, students and community leaders.”

"According to recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, a majority of the 23 CSU campuses have received high ratings for conferring the most bachelor's degrees to underserved students. But we have to do more so that African American and other prospective students of all backgrounds realize that college is accessible and affordable for them," said Cal State L.A. President James Rosser.

CSU Super Sunday has been organized in partnership with Bishop Charles E. Blake, pastor of the West Angeles Church. “We are working together on a common purpose,” said Bishop Blake. “We are motivating our youth to go to college and take advantage of the economic opportunities a college degree provides.”

Following the services, CSU outreach directors and church education advisors will provide information on the application and admission process, including virtual tours through CSU Mentor, the website that helps students apply for college.

CSU Super Sunday is a follow up to a series of community and industry meetings held by CSU leaders last year to highlight the service and mission of the CSU.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 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

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Last Updated: February 22, 2006

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