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Early Assessment Program: EPT/ELM/CST

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Fall 2011 Newsletter

photo of Elliot HirshmanA New President for San Diego State

President Hirshman’s Path to SDSU
Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D., the eighth president of San Diego State, has taken a path to the corner office in Manchester Hall through public and private institutions. The breadth of Hirshman’s experience clearly impressed the selection committee that chose him to succeed Stephen L. Weber at SDSU. [read more about President Hirshman]

photo: Ed BrandFounder Ed Brand Looks at Where it Has Been and Where it is Going

“The Compact for Success Program has come full circle within the district. It started off more school-based but as it grew, it became more institutionalized in the district. We had a centralized college-going-culture area for Compact, as well as AVID and GEAR Up,” said Brand. [read more about Ed Brand]

photo: Carlos Quintero and Marcela Meave in graduation regaliaCompact Advisor Success Stories

“Without a doubt, this past year’s senior Compact Advisors set a new standard of excellence in their role in helping middle school students, and assisting in each of the signature activities associated with Compact for Success,” states Lou Murillo, Director of Compact for Success at SDSU. [read more about the Compact Advisors]

group photo of Compact Scholars in graduation regaliaRecent Grads Creating New Alumni Chapter

Two former students are starting the Compact Scholars Alumni Chapter. [read more in SDSU NewsCenter]

photo: Glen McLishRhetoric Sweetens Sweetwater Success

Glen McClish, chair of the department of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at SDSU, has been collaborating with Compact for Success since the start, for over a decade now, with the goal of improving students’ language skills. He and his departmental colleagues do this by coaching grade 7-12 teachers in the Sweetwater District, helping them make the shift to a rhetorical approach in their language arts classes. [read more about Glen McLish]

photo of Elliot Hirshman, Ed Brand and Manual PaulRenewing the Memorandum of Understanding

SDSU President Elliott Hirshman, Sweetwater Union High School District’s Acting Superintendant, Edward Brand and Mr. Manuel Paul, Superintendent of San Ysidro School District signed a memorandum of understanding for the Compact for Success. [read more about the MOU]

photo of LisaProfile - the story behind the program success

Lisa Santa Cruz loves her job. You hear it in the way she talks about Compact for Success—and about the students she works with. Lisa is the administrative program coordinator for CFS, and she works closely with the program’s Compact Advisors. [read more about Lisa Santa Cruz]

Kids2College Program

Initiated in the fall of 2008, Kids2College is a user-friendly college awareness curriculum designed to make sixth-grade students more aware of how education impacts their future. [read more about the Kids2College Program]

photo: students give a presentationSDSU’s Peer Mentoring Program

In growing the skills of both mentors and mentees, practices do not get much better than the SDSU Peer Mentoring Program. The goal of the Peer Mentoring collaboration is to increase transfer and graduation rates among participants from Southwestern Community College and San Diego City College. [read more about Peer Counselors]