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Castro Named Team Leader for National Study on Hispanic Student Success
Study to focus on what contributes to the graduation rate of Latino students at higher-learning institutions.

December 13, 2006 :: No. 97

Donald S. Castro, special assistant to Cal State Fullerton President Milton A. Gordon, has been appointed by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to serve as a team leader of the organization’s ongoing Study of Hispanic Student Success.

The Claremont resident just returned from an orientation session in Washington, D.C., where he and other team leaders from around the country recommended changes to the study’s protocol and report format. The study’s approach will be revised to focus on what contributes to the graduation rate of Latino students at higher-learning institutions.

Colleges and universities throughout the country will participate in the study. AASCU plans to identify and visit the college campuses that have “higher-than-average” graduation rates of their Latino student population. The purpose of the visits will be to determine why those institutions are successful so that other campuses can adjust what they do to improve their Latino student graduation rates.

Cal State Fullerton is ranked No. 1 in California and fourth in the nation for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics, per data from the U.S. Department of Education reported in May in Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.

The AASCU study, funded by grants from the Lumina Foundation for Education, will result in a publication that will be available to the public next fall.

AASCU consists of more than 420 member institutions that serve 3.7 million students. Founded in 1960, the nonprofit agency exists to analyze public policy and to advocate for member institutions and the students they serve; to promote appreciation and support for public higher education; to provide policy leadership and program support; and to create professional development opportunities for institutional leaders, especially presidents and chancellors.


Media Contacts:

Donald S. Castro, 657-278-3231 or
Mimi Ko Cruz, Public Affairs, 657-278-7586 or

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