Hispanic Outlook Names 19 CSU Campuses as Publisher's Picks

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, 562-951-4806, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu

(December 12, 2005) – Reflecting the California State University's continuing commitment to educate the best of California's students, 19 CSU campuses have been named as "Publisher's Picks" by Hispanic Outlook In Higher Education. The Publisher's Picks is an annual national list of colleges and universities that the publication sees as having solid records in recruiting, enabling, and graduating 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: Bakersfield, Chico, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, San Marcos, and Stanislaus. The four CSU campuses not listed include smaller, specialized, and rural campuses that lack substantial local Hispanic populations, so they do not hit the "radar" of the magazine.

The CSU is the most diverse higher education institutions in the nation, with ethnic minorities making up more than half (55 percent) of its identified student body. Hispanics make up about 21 percent of the total CSU student population. In 2004, the California State University conferred 57 percent of the state's bachelor's degrees earned by Hispanics.

"The California State University is proud to be highlighted in Hispanic Outlook," said Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Our responsibility is to provide access to 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 gateway to success for many of these first-generation college-goers."

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. 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.

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Last Updated: December 12, 2005

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