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California State University to Boost Enrollment in Health Care Programs through California Endowment Grant

(May 1, 2008) - With $235,922 in support from the California Endowment, the California State University (CSU) plans to work with several higher education and community partners to expand the participation of CSU students, particularly those from underserved communities to enroll in post-baccalaureate health professional programs on CSU campuses.

The partnership will consist of the CSU, the Public Health Institute (PHI), UC Berkeley School of Public Health, California Academic Partnership Program, and the California Community College system. CSU’s overall goal is to expand the number of qualified applicants to health programs from the state’s underserved communities who have both cultural and local ties.

“Current CSU baccalaureate and master’s degree students already reflect California’s diversity,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “However, with this effort, the CSU is uniquely poised to increase opportunities for students from underserved communities who aspire to work in the health care industry.”

With the grant, the partnership will focus on investigating and addressing the difficulties students face in the transfer process to health professional schools, as well as facilitate comprehensive analyses of factors contributing to student recruitment and retention.

“The endowment fund enables the CSU to perform a critical re-examination of its advising, mentoring, and curricular pathways in these fields,” said Keith Boyum, CSU’s associate vice chancellor of academic affairs. “The aim is also to increase the connections between the community colleges and post-baccalaureate health professional schools through a series of meetings involving health industry advisers, key faculty, administrators, students, and alumnae.”

To address these problems, the CSU will convene representatives of the PHI, the California Health Professions Consortium, Regional Health Occupations Resource Center Directors, legislators, employers, and a number of community/patient advocacy groups. The goal will be to obtain each group’s input regarding how best to increase the participation of students applying to CSU medical, nursing, dental, allied health professions, and pharmacy curriculums.


About California State University

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. 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

Last Update: May 01, 2008

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