A letter from Mary Ontiveros, Associate Vice President - Division of Enrollment and Access
As faculty/staff at Colorado State University, you serve as a role model for our future college students. In fact, your impact goes way beyond what you may perceive as your sphere of influence. You not only affect the lives of your currently enrolled CSU students, but you can affect the lives of high school students. You can help us “spread the word” to our Alliance partner high school students that college is within their reach.
The Alliance High School Partnership unites students, families, high school personnel, and the Colorado State University community in a common goal: to envision education beyond high school and send a greater number of students to college. By working together, we can elevate the expectation of students and their families regarding the importance, access and attainability of higher education.
As the state’s land-grant college, our mission, from the very beginning, was to make a college education accessible for those who, due to economic or social conditions, had not previously been offered full participation in the academic enterprise. The Morrill Act of 1862 stated that each state was to create a “land-grant” college to educate all people.
It was with this mission in mind that the Alliance High School Partnership was created in 2006. As the first University in the country to create a “First Generation Award,” Colorado State felt that the Alliance Partnership was the next step in its long history of serving underrepresented populations in gaining access to higher education. The Alliance Partnership is consistent with our mission, our values, and our goals as the state’s Land-Grant University.
As a first generation college student myself, I know the impact that a respected role model can have. You can be that role model for our Alliance partner high school students. For more information about how you can help us fulfill our mission – indeed our obligation -- of providing access to higher education to a diverse population, please click on What You Can Do.
Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Access
202B Johnson Hall