Northern California CSU Super Sunday Feb. 17
February 17, 2008 -- On Sunday, Feb. 17, the California State University (CSU) chancellor and university presidents, provosts and distinguished faculty will speak to the congregations of 30 African American churches throughout the Bay Area, Sacramento and San Jose as part of the Third Annual Northern California Super Sunday. This statewide effort, intended to encourage and secure more African American student applications, is expected to reach more than 80,000 congregants this year. San Francisco State President Robert A. Corrigan will speak at both the 8 and 10 a.m. services at Providence Baptist Church in the Bayview Hunters Point district of San Francisco.
CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said that thousands of students and their families would 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 Reed. “We are pleased to say that these efforts are paying off. In recent years we have noticed an increase in African American applications and enrollment.” In Fall 2007, African American enrollment increased by 6.5 percent at CSU campuses.
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 Web site that prospective students use to get information and apply to a CSU. They will also distribute several CSU applicant tools including the “How to Get to College” poster, which provides middle and high school students and their parents step-by-step information to stay on the path to college, such as the classes they need to take, the importance of good grades and how to apply for financial aid.
Other outreach efforts conducted by the CSU with the African
American churches include financial aid workshops, expanded distribution of
college materials to sixth-12th grade students and their parents. The CSU has
also developed a how-to guide for church educational advisers who work directly
with families within these communities.
For a full list of churches participating in Sunday's activities, visit: http://www.sfsu.edu/~ethnicst/SuperSunday.pdf or http://www.calstate.edu/pa/news/2008/super_sunday_northern_cal.shtml
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