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November 13, 2009

CSU Dominguez Hills Receives U.S. Department of Education Grant To Create Latino Student Success Program

(Carson, CA) – California State University, Dominguez Hills has been awarded a five-year grant totally $2.77 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program. The grant will be used to establish a new success program for Latino students, “Encuentro Hacia El Exito” (Encounter to Excellence).

“This grant provides us with a great opportunity to coordinate student support targeted at the first two years,” says Sue Borrego, vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, who served as principal investigator on the grant. “Research demonstrates that when student support is provided early students are far more successful in attaining their degree.”

As of fall 2008, Latinos represented 39.5 percent of CSU Dominguez Hills students and were the fastest growing group among freshman. Many of these students are first generation immigrants and tend to be the first in their family to attend college. Often English is not spoken at home. These facts pose direct challenges to their success. Providing resources to address those challenges is difficult, particularly in tough economic times, and this grant will help the university address the needs of this student population, Borrego said.

The Encuentro program’s goal is to positively impact the number of Latino and other low income, first generation students achieving their bachelor’s degree. The program will focus on building learning communities, promoting supplemental instruction, tracking student progress, offering student advising, providing faculty development, and outreach to Latino families and communities. Through this holistic approach to student success, the program aims to improve retention rate; increase the number of first-time freshmen completing their first and second years in good standing; reduce the number of years math and English remediation required for some students; and increase satisfaction rate for students who use academic support programs and services.

While Latino students are the primary audience, other first-generation and/or low-income students will benefit from the grant.  

“Cal State Dominguez Hills is committed to educating all first-generation students,” CSUDH President Mildred García said. “We are particularly mindful of the challenges faced by students from the Latino populations of California and are excited to be able to offer a success program such as Encuentro. With this effort, the university will continue to be instrumental in educating the workforce of the region and contributing to the socioeconomic recovery and strengthening of California.”

For information about the Encuentro at CSU Dominguez Hills, contact Dr. William Franklin, associate vice president of Student Success Services, at (310) 243-2828.

For more information about the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program of the U.S. Department of Education, visit. www.ed.gov/programs/idueshsi/index.html.



About CSU Dominguez Hills -- California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.



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