| Press Release
San Jose State University and
The National Hispanic
University: Partners in Joint
Release Date: September 25, 1997
Caret, San Jose State University (SJSU), and B. Roberto Cruz, the
National Hispanic University (NHU) are holding a press conference on
October 2, 1997 from 11:00 - 11:45 AM, at the Fairmont Hotel, Club
Regent on the lobby level, downtown San Jose, to sign a major
agreement between the institutions that will enable Hispanic and
other students to complete joint degree programs in different
careers at both institutions. Presidents Caret and Cruz will be
joined by Santa Clara County Superintendent Dr. Colleen Wilcox, and
surrounding school district superintendents Linda Murray, Joe Coto,
Santiago Wood, Pat Souza, Larry Aceves, Bruce Hauger, Herbert
Wadley, and Ida Jew, who will also join in the signing ceremony
pledging cooperation and support for the agreement to help prepare
the future work force.
This is a significant
milestone for the Hispanic community during the 1997 celebration of
Hispanic Heritage Month. Currently, Hispanics make up 39.1% of
California students enrolled in K-12 classrooms. Unfortunately,
Hispanics have a higher drop out rate (40% - 70%) prior to high
school completion than any other group. Of Hispanics who graduate
from high school, a mere 3.9% meet the University of California
admissions requirements and , only one out of ten or 10% of Hispanic
high school graduates that pursue a four-year college degree
actually complete a baccalaureate degree. This Educational
Partnership Agreement allows the two universities to team up with
school superintendents and the private sector to address these
dismal and unacceptable statistics in order to prepare more
Hispanics to earn their four year degrees.
"I consider it a
privilege to work together with a visionary like Robert Caret to
address the educational crisis in our community," stated Dr. Roberto
Cruz, President of The National Hispanic University. "Dr. Caret and
our consortium partners are going beyond the traditional 'Band-Aid'
approaches which have been used in the past to address this crisis,"
San Jose State
University is one of the largest institutions in the California
State University Systems with an enrollment of approximately 26,000
students. SJSU offers over 200 graduate and undergraduate programs
and is the oldest institution in the system, as well as the oldest
public institution on the West Coast, having been founded in 1857.
The University has an operating budget of $265,000,000.
The National Hispanic
University is an independent, nationally accredited, non-profit
institution of higher education that was authorized to grant degrees
in 1981 by the California Department of Education, Office of Private
Post-secondary and Vocational Education. The University offers
degree programs in business, liberal studies, education and computer
science at the Associate and Bachelor's levels. The University also
sponsors various extended education programs that address the
educational needs of K-12 within the community.