US Dept. of Education Grant


CONTACT: Margie Yu, Public Affairs Assistant

(323) 343-5050

Cal State L.A. Receives Major U.S. Department of Education

Los Angeles, November 20, 1995 -- California State University,
Los Angeles has been awarded a five-year, $1.75 million grant
from the U.S. Department of Education under the Title III --
Strengthening Institutions
category, to better meet the academic
needs of its students and to increase the undergraduate persistence
rate at Cal State L.A. Since 1988, CSLA students, faculty and
administrators, along with external agencies, have been evaluating
the University and have proposed a comprehensive development plan
that will support its mission.

Funds provided through the grant will enable CSLA, over a five
year period beginning October, 1995, to address a variety of pressing
issues: design and implementation of a system for collecting
data and monitoring student progress in fulfilling first and second
year academic requirements; implementation of an "Early
Warning Program" to identify students with academic needs
to provide them with timely and comprehensive assistance; establishment
of five school-based advisement centers to meet student demands
for more effective academic advisement; development of a comprehensive
Freshman Orientation course to help students -- some of whom are
the first in their family to attend college -- make a successful
adjustment to the academic environment; design of a new course
that will include working in a computer classroom, addressing
the need for expanded computer literacy training; supplementation
of existing programs with a new English as a Second Language (ESL)
program for non-native English speakers that incorporates new
curricula and establishes an ESL Conversation Lab within the English
Department; and increased support enabling faculty to teach a
diverse student body.

For more information about Cal State L.A.'s U.S. Department of
Education Grant, contact Principal Investigator Alfredo Gonzalez,
CSLA Dean of Undergraduate Studies, (323) 343-3830.

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