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Latino Community Breakfast
Thank you for inviting me here today. I am pleased to tell you about some of the exciting developments at the CSU. I also look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas.
Latino students make up nearly one-quarter of the CSU's student population. Given the rate at which the Latino population is growing in California, we expect that number to increase. Reaching out to our state's Latino communities is a very high priority for our institutions.
I would like to say just a few words about the CSU. Then I will be happy to answer any of your questions.
Access to the CSU
We draw our freshmen from the upper one-third of California's high school graduates. For every first-time freshman, we admit almost two community college students.
Affordability at the CSU
For 1999/2000, the state university fee is $1,428 annually for undergraduate students. It will stay at the same level for 2000/01.
Diversity at the CSU
In May, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education reported that four CSU campuses are among the top ten universities in the country in terms of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics.
San Diego State = 6th;
Latino Students at the CSU
Of the first-time freshmen from California high schools, 26 percent are Latino. Of the transfer students from California community colleges, 24 percent are Latino.
For the LA Basin campuses:
Teacher Preparation at the CSU
The CSU is making its teacher preparation programs more accessible for high-quality candidates from a variety of backgrounds. We are developing more evening, weekend and summer courses; short-term courses; distance education; and streamlined education programs. We are also building more partnerships with K-12 schools and community colleges.
CSU Outreach Efforts
Our faculty and staff are helping these schools:
We are also sending trained CSU student tutors to these schools to help in the classroom.
When I showed this poster at Channel Islands earlier this month, one local businessman was so excited about it that he has proposed to print up 71,000 copies -- one for every 6th through 12th grade student in Ventura County.
New CSU Budget
We received a general fund increase of $73.1 million to serve nearly 13,000 new full-time equivalent students in 2000/01. We also received $19.9 million for year-round operations, which will help us expand access.
Also, our Trustees have approved a new policy to guarantee access to a local campus for all eligible local students. This policy will help us better serve students whose local campuses are near capacity.
I believe we need to partner together to encourage and help more students:
To take the classes that make them eligible for college;
I also want to ask you: What can the Latino community do to provide better opportunities for its sons and daughters? If we join forces, our efforts can make a difference.
Once again, thank you for sharing your time today. I will be happy to answer any questions.
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