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California State University Chancellor and Presidents to Speak at Los Angeles Churches During CSU Super Sunday
Second Annual Event to Highlight Path to College
(February 7, 2007) – The California State University and 11 African American churches throughout Los Angeles County will hold the second-annual “CSU Super Sunday” on February 25. Throughout the day CSU presidents, trustees and the chancellor will address congregations at the church services to engage the community in encouraging African American students to go to college.
“CSU Super Sunday brings an authentic, practical college message to our congregations,” said Bishop Charles E. Blake, pastor of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ where CSU Super Sunday originated. “Dozens of clergy and thousands of congregation members benefit from this outreach, and spread the message that higher education is a major step in curbing many of the problems facing inner-city communities today.”
Since last year’s Super Sunday the CSU outreach has grown significantly. CSU staff and church education liaisons have met regularly to develop ways to further reach out to the African American community. Some of the new programs launched include financial aid workshops, expanded distribution of college materials to sixth-12th grade students and their parents, and the development of a how-to guide for church educational advisers who work directly with families within these communities.
During Super Sunday, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed and campus presidents will address the congregations at the churches to bring awareness to the role of parent involvement and early preparation in getting to college. Reed will speak at West Angeles Church of God and Christ in Los Angeles during the 8 a.m. services, and at the City of Refuge Community Church in Gardena at 11 a.m.
“Our message regarding what it takes to attend a CSU is getting out to African American families and community organizations,” Reed said. “Our fall 2007 admission application numbers for African American students are up 12 percent. However, there is still a lot of work to do. We need to find ways to help more African-American students become eligible for the CSU, and in particular we need to do more to reach African-American males. This is why we will continue to work with the churches to reach out to this community.”
Following the church services CSU outreach directors and other outreach staff will provide information on the application and admission process, as well as scholarships and financial aid.
“CSU campuses continually receive high national rankings for awarding bachelor’s degrees to underserved students,” said Cal State L.A. President James Rosser, who will also be speaking during the 11 a.m. service at West Angeles during Super Sunday. “However, it is important to keep emphasizing the message that college is accessible and affordable for prospective students within the African American and other communities.”
One of the informational pieces that will be distributed during Super Sunday is the “How to Get to College” poster. The poster provides middle and high school students and their parents step-by-step information regarding staying on the path to college, such as the classes they need to take, the importance of good grades, and how to apply for financial aid.
Members of the congregations will also learn about the CSU’s Early Assessment Program (EAP), an academic preparation testing program that enables 11th graders to gauge their college readiness in English language arts and mathematics long before applying to the CSU. The EAP incorporates the university’s math and English placement standards into existing high school standards tests.
About California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 417,000 students and 46,000 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.
WEST ANGELES CATHEDRAL
3045 Crenshaw Blvd.
7900 S. Western Ave.
BRYANT TEMPLE AME
2525 West Vernon Avenue
CITY OF REFUGE COMMUNITY
14527 South San Pedro Street
FAITHFUL CENTRAL BIBLE
333 West Florence Avenue
2270 South Harvard Boulevard
FIRST CHURCH OF GOD
9550 South Crenshaw Boulevard
FULL HARVEST INTERNATIONAL
18355 Figueroa Street
10435 S. Central Avenue
5500 South Hoover
1177 West 25th Street
Last Updated: February 12, 2007