November 23, 2004 :: 93
High School Students Are Among Those Benefiting From Nearly $1.1 Million Awarded to Cal State Fullerton by Dept. of Education
Approximately 450 seniors at Anaheim High School are
now in their six and final year of GEAR UP, a Cal State Fullerton
program they began in junior high.
GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness
for Undergraduate Program, is modeled, in part, after former President
Bill Clinton’s High Hopes for College proposal that advocated
partnerships between colleges and middle schools in low-income communities
to help raise expectations and ensure successful college entry.
It is among several Cal State Fullerton programs
funded by the U.S. Department of Education, which this fall has
awarded nearly $1.1 million to the campus — all to benefit
local high school and CSUF students participating in Upward Bound
South, GEAR UP, Student Support Services and Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate
Achievement. The programs strive to facilitate and encourage students
to pursue undergraduate and doctoral degrees.
GEAR UP is following an entire class of students
from Sycamore Junior High School through Anaheim High School, from
which they are expected to graduate in 2005. The program is in partnership
with the Anaheim Union High School District, city of Anaheim and
Tutoring, writing and mathematics enrichment workshops
will be continued, in addition to a focus on higher education with
such programs as algebra II support classes, workshops on completing
CSU and UC applications on line, Saturday review sessions, a college
night, financial aid workshops and a parent and student college
Upward Bound gives fundamental support to participants
preparing to enter college, with a goal of increasing the rates
at which students enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions.
The Student Support Services program provides CSUF
students opportunities for academic development, assistance with
basic college requirements and endeavors to motivate them to successfully
complete their undergraduate degrees. The program’s goal is
to increase retention and graduation rates through such services
as mentoring, academic and financial counseling, assistance with
securing financial support and tutoring.
Currently in its sixth year at CSUF is the Ronald
E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Its goal is to
increase the number of graduate degrees earned by students from
underrepresented groups. Through the grant, the university prepares
students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and
other scholarly activities.
Silas H. Abrego, associate vice president for student affairs,
657-278-3221 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail Matsunaga, Public Affairs, 657-278-4851 or email@example.com