CSU - Pueblo program expands minority access to grad school, improves graduation rates


CSU - Pueblo program expands minority access to grad school, improves graduation rates

PUEBLO –A new program at Colorado State University-Pueblo that aims to expand access to graduate school and improve the graduation rates of Hispanic and low-income students will sponsor an open house next week to introduce its staff and services to the community.

Regional Access to Graduate Education (RAGE), directed by Associate Professor Dr. Chad Kinney, will host an open house from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 in Administration 304 on the CSU-Pueblo campus. RAGE was created under a  five-year, $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase enrollment of Hispanic and low-income students through more accessible degree programs (including hybrid and online learning opportunities), expanded research capacity, and direct financial assistance.

CSU-Pueblo was one of 22 institutions to receive this grant, funded under the Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPHOA) Program. The five-year grant will expand access to postbaccalaureate opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students by enhancing graduate programs and promoting student success.

By September, 2015, the program aims to: 
• Increase graduate enrollment to 471, with 25 percent Hispanic enrollment (an increase from fall 2009 baseline enrollment of 321).
• Increase the three-year graduation rate for the fall 2011 cohort by 14 percent (up to 70% from baseline of 56% for the fall 2006 cohort).
• Increase the number of master’s degrees awarded per year by CSU-Pueblo to 100, with 25 percent Hispanic graduates (up from a baseline of 70 in 2008-2009, 13% Hispanic graduates).
In order to achieve these goals, the RAGE program will convert traditional-based courses to online and hybrid format, expand community-based research opportunities, and provide graduate student support and direct financial assistance to qualified students in Pueblo and southeastern Colorado.

The open house is free and open to the campus community as well as the general public. For more information, contact the Regional Access to Graduate Education (RAGE) program at  RAGE@colostate-pueblo.edu or 719-549-2811.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.