Saturday, February 20, 2010

CSU Super Sunday

This is the fifth year for California State University's Super Sunday. It's actually a few Sundays around "Big Game" season and Black History Month, in which the presidents and provosts of all the CSU campuses, including the one at which I teach, make a concerted, directed effort to visit African-American churches throughout the state.

Go to about the 12:15 point on this video from KQED's This Week in Northern California:

At first, I wasn't sure about the separation of church and state aspect, but I think the program's been well designed and vetted for that. The campus officials are basically going where they know the parents and kids will be on Sunday. This is a vast improvement over hoping our African-American potential students will just happen to drop by and apply.

Apparently, CSU Super Sunday is trending in the right direction. Many CSU programs don't last five years. Participants have an initial burst of enthusiasm and then fade away. This one seems to have legs. There's also a nascent outgrowth event, CSU Super Saturday, which was added at CSU Dominguez Hills last August.

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