Chancellor's Recent Speeches

Remarks by Dr. Charles B. Reed
Chancellor, California State University
Super Sunday - Crenshaw Christian Center
Los Angeles, CA
February 12, 2012

Thank you, Apostle Price. And congratulations as you complete your 35th year here at Crenshaw Christian. We look forward to working with the next generation pastor, Fred Price Jr.

Thank you for sharing your grace and blessings with us.

We are here to celebrate a very special partnership. Our Super Sunday partnership is now in its seventh year - thanks to your encouragement and support.

CSU Super Sunday is an event in which all members of the California State University family, including administrators, faculty and staff, visit African American churches across the state to promote the value of a college education.

We celebrate Super Sunday throughout the month of February and across California.

This event kicks off a year of commitments including Summer Algebra Institutes in your churches, counselor conferences, training workshops and campus visits rounding out our African American Initiative.

Why do we do this? To give you a better idea, it helps to take a look at the bigger picture.

This year, California and the nation are struggling to come to terms with an economic crisis that is lasting much longer than we had anticipated.

California's public universities are facing a very difficult year for 2012. At the CSU, we have already cut $750 million for this year.

But in spite of this challenge, I am here to tell you that the CSU's commitment to motivate African American students to prepare for college and obtain a university degree is stronger than ever.

We believe that education will play a key role in California's economic recovery.

The jobs that will emerge after the current economic crisis will be driven by technology and other specialized fields that require a higher education.

To take these jobs, the up-and-coming generations need to be college educated.

We want to help more students earn a college degree, and we know that early academic preparation is essential to get to college.

That's why we want to get the information to students as early as possible about what it takes to be ready for college.

To those who believe that college is financially out of reach, I would say this: The California State University is still one of the most affordable university systems in the United States.

All students who have financial need receive financial aid from the state and the federal government.

Students whose families make less than $70,000 per year receive a combination of financial aid resources that practically allows them to attend college for free.

High school seniors and college students planning to enroll in college next fall need to know that the deadline for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (called the FAFSA) is MARCH 2nd. ¬†You have to submit by that date to qualify for financial aid. 

Please take time after the service to stop by our booth and pick up the How to get to College Poster and related materials.

Talk to our outreach experts and let's get your children on the college track.

Even if your child or grandchild is only in elementary school, it's never too early to get the information.

And remember: The California State University is a major asset of the state and it belongs to all of us. Every California child should have an opportunity to go to college and graduate.

I believe that it takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a strong faith in God to overcome the obstacles that get in the way of our success.

Let's work together to make sure that all of our children get every chance they need to succeed.

Thank you Apostle Price, First Lady Dr. Betty, and Pastor Fred.