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President García Addresses Equitable Education

Aug. 30, 2012

Speaking to College of Education faculty and staff members at their retreat Aug. 23, President Mildred García emphasized the need to help students succeed by addressing the barriers they face and by recognizing the rapidly changing student demographics.

In light of a new Pew Hispanic Center study that found that college enrollment of Latinos ages 18 to 24 is surging nationwide, García said student success is “about diversity and knowing our student body.”

“How can we help them reach their dreams?” she asked. “No student comes to college to fail. So, how do we help them? I think we need to face our reality.”

She said she wants to see an increase in Cal State Fullerton’s graduation rate, and that she believes all of Cal State Fullerton’s faculty and staff members can work on doing that.

García praised the College of Education for focusing on its strategic initiative, which calls for a “just, equitable and inclusive education.”

Claire C. Cavallaro, dean of the College of Education, noted that the goal of the initiative is to identify ways to be “educators who model just, equitable and inclusive education in everything we do, from student recruitment and retention to community partnerships.”

The college’s Task Force on Just, Equitable and Inclusive Education has been examining demographic data on student enrollment and completion and making recommendations to reach the initiative’s goal.

More information about the college and its strategic initiatives is available online.

By: Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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