A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
April 14, 2005 Volume 35 / Number 7


Up Front

Programs for Low-Income Students Reach Out for Support

The Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs, which encourage students who are low-income and/or first in family to enroll at a four-year universirty, are calling for support as Congress prepares to consider whether to continue the federally funded programs.

President Bush’s 2006 budget request sent to Congress Feb. 7 excluded funding for Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, and two other pre-college programs for low-income students and veterans.

Congressman Wally Herger has written the chair of the Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services/Education about the importance of CSU, Chico’s Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs and their benefits to the region. CSU, Chico President Paul J. Zingg has written K–12 principals and other school officials in the North State informing them of the possibility of the programs ending and asking them to express their support to Congress.

“Upward Bound and Talent Search are programs that have proven track records in preparing low-income high school students for college,” said Dave Ferguson, director of CSU, Chico’s Upward Bound program. “It’s a shame that effective programs such as these are targeted for elimination.”

Currently the CSU, Chico-based programs serve 1,150 students in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Shasta, Sutter, Tehama, and Yuba counties. Since their founding—Upward Bound at Chico was launched in 1966, Educational Talent Search in 1990—the programs have helped thousands of low-income students become the first in their families to attend college.

According to the federal Department of Education, only 31 percent of all low-income high-school students in the United States entered college in 1999 (the most recent year data were available). By contrast, 73 percent of all ETS students nationally in 1999, and 92 percent of all Upward Bound students nationally in 2000, enrolled in college.

Over the past 10 years, 99 percent of students in CSU, Chico’s Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs graduated from high school, and a combined 85 percent entered college.