In an effort to bolster student achievement and degree completion among underrepresented students, the nation’s largest four-year public university system, California State University (CSU), has focused on a series of enrollment and retention initiatives.
As of fall 2012, the 23 campus system educates 437,000 students and employs 44,000 faculty and staff. Chancellor Dr. Timothy P. White said he is dedicated to ensuring that students have the skills needed to not just get into college but to successfully matriculate and graduate. In an interview with Diverse, White said that, “through education, disadvantaged students have a chance to do more for their families and communities.”
In February, the African American Initiative (AAI) has been in full swing coordinating its eighth annual CSU Super Sunday event where trustees, campus presidents, alumni, students as well as the chancellor visit predominantly African-American churches throughout the state. Black students made up only 4.8 percent of the student body as of 2012, down from 6 percent in 2010. The goal is to give youth and their families, information on admissions, financial aid and face-time with system representatives. In his first year as chancellor, White felt that this tradition needed to not only continue but to expand. <Read more.>