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CSU, Business Community Launch the Center to
Close the Achievement Gap

Corporate philanthropy, private foundations and the CSU commit time and funding to explore education successes in high poverty, underrepresented K-12 schools that consistently outperform benchmarks



  • The CSU Center to Close the Achievement Gap will officially launch on Tuesday, July 14, at California State University, Los Angeles.

    The center is unique in its focus on the successes – not the failures – in public education. The center will also align the lessons-learned with the teacher and school administrator preparation efforts that occur at CSU Colleges of Education. The partnership between business and public higher education will allow the center to respond to both the economic and civil rights aspects of the achievement gap.

    Having already attracted $600,000 in public and private commitments of financial support, the center will be jointly governed by the CSU and the California Business for Education Excellence foundation.

    The permanent offices for the center are located at California State University, Sacramento. Participating CSU campuses include: Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, and the Cal State TEACH program.


  • Tuesday, July 14, 2009
    11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


  • Golden Eagle Building, 3rd Floor
    California State University, Los Angeles
    5151 State University Drive
    Los Angeles, CA  90032


Charles B. Reed, CSU chancellor
Bill Hauck, CSU trustee and California Business Roundtable president
James M. Rosser, CSULA president
Greg Jones, CBEE chairman
James Lanich, CSU Center to Close the Achievement Gap director


Erik Fallis, (562) 951-4800


About the California State University
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