Funds available for Chico postbaccalaureate students

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Chico State Enterprises received a $3 million subsidy to support the university’s post-graduate students over the next five years via a Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education according to University Communications on January 21.  

Adelante, a pipeline program which provides graduate and professional opportunities to Hispanic and low-income students, will receive the grant money to establish an organized network of academic support programs dedicated to raising GPAs, graduation rates, improving research and writing skills needed for students to succeed in graduate school. 

“This plan includes faculty-graduate student mentoring, tutoring and advising in hubs of 10 students, as well as courses and workshops to foster personal and academic growth, leadership skills and financial literacy,” said Sharon Barrios, the grant’s co-principal investigator and CSU, Chico Interim Dean of Graduate Studies. “Other pieces include a faculty-mentored research program and a dedicated writing and research commons where our students can learn, work and thrive.” 

For undergraduate students, the Adelante program is designed to set up an academic support plan from a student’s sophomore year to the completion of his or her graduate degree. For post baccalaureate students, the program offers an extensive outreach plan that connects Hispanic and low-income students with CSU, Chico graduate program faculty and other grad students. 

“As we build the pipeline to graduate school for our students, we’ll also be providing critical support for the retention and success of Latinx and low-income undergraduates,” says Kate McCarthy, grant co-principal investigator and Dean of Undergraduate Education. “We’re very excited and eager to get going.”

Chico State University is now able to prepare its students to achieve more success after graduating with a bachelors thanks to the Title V grant. 

Grayson Edgemon can be reached at [email protected]