California State University Officials to Bring College Message
to 68 African American Churches Throughout State
(January 29, 2009) – During February, California State University officials will bring the college message to thousands of prospective students and their families during the Fourth Annual CSU Super Sunday.
The kick-off event is Feb. 8 at Temple Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino. On Sunday, Feb. 15, officials will visit 41 African American churches in the Bay Area and on Sunday, Feb. 22, will visit 26 churches in greater Los Angeles.
"At Super Sunday, thousands of students and their families learn that planning for college starts in the sixth grade. We hope to make communities aware of the steps that students need to complete each year to get to college," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "We are pleased to say that these efforts are paying off. Since Super Sunday began, the CSU has seen steady increases in African American undergraduate enrollment."
On Super Sunday, CSU intends to encourage young African Americans to plan early for college. Campus presidents, trustees, the chancellor, and other officials will address the congregations to engage the community in helping students get on track and succeed in college. The complete list of churches is available online.
Following the services, CSU outreach staff and church education counselors will provide information about college applications and financial aid. Students will also be introduced to CSU Mentor, the website that prospective students use to find information and apply to a CSU campus. Participants will also receive the “How to Get to College” poster, which provides middle and high school students and their parents with step-by-step information on planning for college.
For more information, visit the CSU Super Sunday website.
About the 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.