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CSUB, Kern High School District Launch Initiative to Increase Access, Success in Higher Education

California State University, Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell and Kern High School District Superintendent Bryon Schaefer today signed “The University Promise,” a collaboration designed to provide all students graduating from the district with the opportunity to attend CSUB and graduate in a timely manner.
As part of the University Promise, CSUB will commit to providing an admissions guarantee certificate to every incoming ninth-grade student in the Kern High School District who completes specified requirements.
“The University Promise is just another step in a great collaboration between CSUB and the Kern High School District over a number of years,” President Mitchell said.  “Since state resources are not sufficient for CSUB to admit all eligible students, this initiative will help guarantee that every student in the district has the opportunity to attend CSUB.”
“Today is significant because CSUB and the Kern High School District are coming together to support our students in their dreams and aspirations to make a better life for themselves,” Superintendent Schaefer said.
The initiative aims to promote college awareness and access prior to ninth grade; increase the number of students who take and pass appropriate courses in high school; increase the number of students who graduate from high school ready for college-level math and English; and increase the number of students who apply to, enroll, and complete their degree timely at CSU Bakersfield.
CSUB will work with Kern High School District to implement an outreach/recruitment plan to assist students at all school sites.  It addition, CSUB will provide students with resources to assist them in preparing for the Early Assessment Program (EAP) and provide support to students in selecting appropriate courses in their fourth year of high school that will facilitate their college readiness, among other steps.
The University Promise calls for a commitment from both institutions to be engaged in frequent and long-term collaboration toward improving the college attainment rates in the region. As part of that commitment, the institutions agree to partner in the following areas:
·      Data sharing that provides access to longitudinal data will allow the partners to have a better understanding of students’ academic progress moving through the K-12 to higher education “pipeline” and to develop the necessary interventions to strengthen the pipeline.
·      Joint professional development activities that improve coordination and alignment and build trust among the faculty, staff, and administrators across the institutions and educational sectors.
·      Identifying and eliminating barriers that exist, if any, within the K-12 to higher education pipeline. Examples include streamlining admissions requirements, addressing remedial education, and expanding dual-enrollment course availability.

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