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October 9, 2006
DH 06 JL01
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Largest Freshman Class Welcomed at CSU Dominguez Hills

Carson, CA-This fall, CSUDH welcomes the largest freshman class in its 46-year history. 1,077 first time freshmen are attending classes on the Carson campus. As a way to ensure student success, many of these freshmen are enrolled in UNV 101, Personal, Social, and Intellectual Development. Among the faculty teaching UNV 101 is Provost Allen Mori. Mori said "the research on student success suggests that freshmen courses like UNV 101 contribute significantly to the development of skills that enhance students' academic performance and social
adjustment to the demands of college. An important by-product is increased student retention because students are better equipped to succeed and meet the academic expectations of our faculty".

Another program geared toward helping first time freshmen is the SPARK! Program (Students Preparing for Academic Rigor and Knowledge), which is now entering its fourth year SPARK!, which was funded in part by a grant from the Chancellor's Office, utilizes intrusive academic advising as well as student mentors and cohort classes with embedded mentors to assist students transition to the expectations of a university. Close to 78% of the students in the SPARK! Program are still at Dominguez Hills after three years, exceeding not just the expectations of Dominguez Hills faculty but also the CSU system's average.

In addition to an increased freshman class, the number of students living in residence at CSUDH is also at a University high. This year 548 students are residing in CSUDH housing.

Overall, while fall enrollment numbers were still short of projections, they have shown a marked recovery from last year. At census, full time equivalent students (FTES) were at 8352 or about 2% below projections. Within the CSU system the number of full-time equivalent students is determined by dividing the total academic student load by 15 units per term. At CSUDH, where many students are employed full time, the average student takes 10.4 units per term.

Cal State Dominguez Hills is the most diverse of the CSU campuses and, according to U.S. News & World Report, one of most diverse in the west among universities offering bachelor's and master's degrees. Over 35% of the student body
are Hispanic, almost 31% are African American, 20% White,10.5% Asian/Pacific Islander and .7% American Indian. CSUDH offers 43 undergraduate majors and 23 master's degrees as well as multiple subject and single-subject teaching

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