San Manuel Donates $200,000 to Crafton Hills College Foundation to Establish Santos Manuel Student Success Partnership
New campus program aimed at strengthening student support services to help more than 700 disadvantaged students
In yet another indication of its commitment to education in the Inland Empire, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated $200,000 to Crafton Hills College to supplement and expand direct student support services for at-risk students via the creation of the Santos Manuel Student Success Partnership – named in honor the first leader and namesake of the San Manuel Indian Reservation.
Elise McCutchen, a senior in Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), was recognized recently as the first-place winner in the undergraduate division of the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) Annual Student Essay Contest on the topic “I Bet This Never Happens to Superman: Black Superheroes in Comic Books.”
McCutchen was an honored guest at the Student Luncheon of the 34th annual NCBS National Conference, which was held in New Orleans. She delivered a summary of her essay and received a plaque and a check for $350.
With the recent federal policy emphasis aimed at improving college and university graduation rates led by Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan and the recently launched system-wide “Graduation Initiative” announced by the California State University (CSU), public institutions throughout the nation are beginning to face a more advanced set of accountability standards than in the past.
For California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), graduation of students has been the primary objective over the last five years. In fact, when considering comparable public universities nationwide,CSULB’s progress in helping students move toward graduation places the university among the top degree producers in all student categories, especially among under-represented minority groups.
With the signing of yet another historical piece of legislation, President Obama made good on his promise to make higher education more affordable and accessible for all Americans.
The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, enacted on March 30, strengthens the Pell Grant program, invests in community colleges, extends support for Historically Black Colleges and other minority-serving institutions, and helps student borrowers manage their student loan debt by capping repayments at 10 percent of their discretionary income. These efforts will be fully paid for by ending the government subsidies currently given to banks and other financial institutions that make guaranteed federal student loans.
Under pressure, the state’s 188 persistently lowest performing schools are trying to play catch up to better test scores for students by implementing tough new federal intervention measures.
Out of the state’s 10,000 public schools, San Bernardino Unified School District came in strong at the bottom five percent with 11 of its schools on a lowest achieving list. They must be brought up to academic par soon.
States are now scrambling in different ways to fix the problem. Not long ago, California was turned down for $1 billion, part of a $4.35 billion federal national allocation of Phase 1 Race to the Top funding.