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CSUMB President Preaches What She Teaches

SEASIDE, Calif. - Dr. Dianne Harrison and other California State University presidents preached the gospel of higher education Feb. 15 at African-American churches in Northern and Central California.

Dr. Harrison visited Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Seaside as part of the CSU's "Super Sunday" initiative. She  talked about preparing young adults for college, the value of a college education and the CSU's commitment to access.

"I hope to underscore the value of a university education, especially in these tough economic times," Dr. Harrison said.

She called for students and their families to start thinking about college in the sixth grade.

"Only 19 percent of African-American high school graduates are eligible (for college)," Harrison added. "We want them to start early getting on the right track to college."

Members of the university's outreach and recruitment staff were on hand to answer questions about admissions and financial aid.

CSU officials say the initiative has led to a 15 percent increase in applications by black students and a nearly 9 percent increase in enrollment.