California State University Wins Edison International Award for Excellence in Education

(December 2, 2005)—The California State University system has won the Edison International New Era Awards for Excellence in Higher Education honoring CSU’s Early Assessment Program, which prepares high school students to meet the university’s expectations in English and mathematics.

“More than 50 percent of the nearly 40,000 first-time freshmen admitted to CSU campuses require remedial education,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “The cost in time and money to these students and to the state is substantial. This award will help to reduce the number of freshmen who require this remediation and help them get started in their college careers.”

CSU’s Early Assessment Program provides an early signal -- in the 11th-grade -- to public school students, parents, teachers and counselors about how well prepared students are for college-level work.

The student is provided an opportunity to voluntarily take a supplementary test in conjunction with the 11th-grade California Standards Test. After taking the test, students will learn if they met CSU expectations and will need to take remedial courses during their college freshman year, or if they need additional preparation during the 12th grade in either English or mathematics, or both.

“We are very pleased to support teacher training and development programs that will better prepare at-risk students to succeed in their first year or two of college,” said Tom McDaniel, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Edison International. “This program will help student proficiency in subjects such as math and English—which are critical to their overall achievement before, during and after college.”

“Edison International’s New Era Awards for Excellence in Higher Education support projects and initiatives that help prepare future college students to succeed in school and prepare them to be competitive to meet 21st century workforce expectations,” said Katharyn Muniz-Bandoni, Edison International’s manager of education and community relations. “Our grants support programs and partnerships that improve student achievement in the communities we serve. Edison’s award will pay for nine of the CSU’s regional teacher training sessions where approximately 900 teachers will be prepared within the next two years to help students meet college-level math and English requirements.”

The Early Assessment Program is the result of a collaboration among the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education and the California State University.

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: December 2, 2005

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