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The University’s academic organization consists of Colleges of Liberal Arts, Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Professional Studies, Business and Public Policy.  The academic program includes 44 baccalaureate programs, 25 master’s degree programs, and a full range of teaching and service credentials.  California State University, Dominguez Hills’ mission is to provide education, scholarship and services that are, by design, accessible and transformative.  

Despite the institution’s success, California State University, Dominguez Hills has faced an unprecedented set of challenges in recent years as the composition of the student population has dramatically shifted coupled with severe state-wide education budget cuts that have disproportionately impacted first-generation educated Hispanic students.  

Over the life of the grant, California State University, Dominguez Hills proposes one main Activity to address recent challenges:

Encuentro Hacia el Exito (Encounter to Excellence)

The activity has two components which are uniquely designed to solve the two significant problems – 1) Academically underprepared Hispanic students who qualify for admittance to California State University, Dominguez Hills and 2) An oversubscribed student success services infrastructure.  The Encuentro Hacia el Exito Activity will be recognized for its unique and progressive practices for incoming Hispanic freshmen.

Component 1:  Strengthen Developmental Education Capacity

Strategy 1:  Encuentro Academy Summer Bridge

Strategy 2:  Education Academy Learning Community and Supplemental Instruction

Strategy 3:  Education Academy Faculty Development

Component 2:  Strengthening Success Support

Strategy 4:  Technology Assisted Student Progress Tracking and Advising

Strategy 5:  Advisor Training & Peer Mentor Training

Strategy 6:  Outreach to Families and Community

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