09:47 AM

CSUSM and Oceanside Unified School District to Sign MOU

Who: California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) President Karen Haynes, Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) Superintendent Larry Perondi, and other champions for improving university accessibility for San Diego County youth.What: CSUSM and the OUSD will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to provide increased college preparation, guaranteed admission and ongoing academic and financial support to qualified graduating seniors from the OUSD. The agreement launches a program that takes effect with the OUSD graduating class of 2017.When: Tuesday, June 28, 6 p.m.Where: OUSD District Board Room, 2111 Mission Ave., Oceanside, 92058Why: To ensure that students residing in the North County are academically prepared for college and to provide guaranteed admission placement should they meet minimum California State University requirements and deadlines.Additional: CSUSM has previously signed similar agreements with the San Marcos Unified School District, the Escondido Union High School District, the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District, San Pasqual Academy, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, the Riverside County Public Social Services Agency and a Native American tribe.Contact: Margaret Lutz, CSUSM Public Information Officer– 760-750-4011 or Steve Lombard , OUSD Director of Communications– 760-966-4010About the Oceanside Unified School DistrictThe Oceanside Unified School District serves nearly 20,000 students in grades K-12.  The district is comprised of 23 campuses – 16 elementary, four middle school, and three high schools (two comprehensive and one continuation).  More than 1,300 seniors received their high school diploma as part of the graduating class of 2011.  A majority of these students will attend local institutions of higher learning, including CSUSM.    Since 1985, the state has recogni3ed 14 OUSD schools as California Distinguished Schools, including El Camino High School in both 2003 and 2009.About California State University San MarcosCalifornia State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself by providing its students the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a success in the classroom and the workplace.  A recent survey reported that annual spending in the region was nearly $190 million, generating a total impact of roughly $230 million on the regional economy. Over 85 percent of CSUSM alumni remain in the region fueling the local workforce. Situated on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos, the campus is located 15 miles east of the coast, and 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.