Hispanic Outlook names 19 CSU Campuses as Publisher's Picks

(December 17, 2002) Reflecting the California State University's continuing commitment to educate the best of California's students, 19 campuses have been named as 2002 "Publisher's Picks" by Hispanic Outlook In Higher Education. The Publisher's Picks is a national list of colleges and universities that the publication regards as offering strong educational opportunities for Hispanic students. The standings are based upon formal and informal inquires as well as data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

The CSU campuses included are located at Bakersfield, Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Fullerton, Hayward, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, and Stanislaus. The four CSU campuses not listed include smaller, specialized, and rural campuses which lack substantial Hispanic populations.

In addition, seventeen of these campuses (excluding the two newer campuses at San Marcos and Monterey Bay) are also highlighted as being among the Top 100 of institutions in graduating Hispanics.

The CSU is one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the nation, with ethnic minorities forming more than half (53 percent) of its identified student body. Hispanics make up nearly a quarter of the total student population. Some 13,400 Hispanic students received their bachelor and master's degrees from the CSU during the 2001-02 academic year.

"The California State University is proud to be highlighted in Hispanic Outlook," said Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "We take seriously our responsibility to educate California's best and brightest students, and to provide them with the opportunity of a quality education and an excellent start in a fulfilling career."

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, nearly 407,000 students and 44,000 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 for more information.

Contact: Dennis Armstrong 562-951-4800

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Last Updated: 17 December 2002

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