Advocacy and State Relations, The California State University

CSU Responds to White House Call to Action

On January 16, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White was amongst a select few higher education leaders from around the country asked to appear at the White House in Washington, D.C. to participate in the College Opportunity Summit. The day focused on increasing college opportunities for low-income and disadvantaged students. As part of this Summit all leaders were asked to make a renewed commitment to increase college opportunity at their institution.

For the CSU, Chancellor White announced an array of commitments that will benefit first-generation and underserved students. These include:

  • $8 million to hire 70 additional professional advisors on the campuses and to leverage e-advising technologies to help students navigate college;
  • $8 million to expand the Early Start summer program, which helps prepare students for college-level math and English before they begin their freshmen year;
  • $12 million to increase “high touch” practices – such as undergraduate research, study abroad, and internships – that provide alternatives to traditional lectures; and
  • Improving access and degree completion of community college students through admissions preference and providing prospective transfer students with clear, unambiguous transfer pathways for the most popular majors.

With 23 campuses, over 437,000 students, and 44,000 faculty and staff, the CSU is the largest university system in the country. More than a third of CSU students are first-generation college students, and every year more than 50,000 community college students transfer into the CSU. It is uniquely positioned to play a major role in continuing to open the college door to all students, and the commitments made at the College Opportunity Summit will increase both college opportunity and degree completion.

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