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The College of Education at San Diego State University has provided an ideal setting to develop a Pre-College Institute with a teaching and research mission. Since 1983 The Institute has built the formal structure to deliver services geared toward the accomplishment of this mission. The Institute has integrated existing federally funded programs to serve underrepresented students and their teachers in low-income neighborhoods. These programs are:
GEAR UP
The Sweetwater Union High School District has earned a federal grant to improve the college preparation of 4,000 seventh grade students in seven high-need middle schools.

As part of an innovative partnership with San Diego State University and other local universities, colleges and community organizations, Sweetwater’s multi-faceted program will guide students in their academic journey from the 7th grade all the way to high school graduation.

GEAR UP—which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs—grants are designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The program provides six-year grants to partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools.

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Talent Search
Talent Search is a junior high and middle school educational opportunity program focusing on educational advancement through team building and a systematic review of academic performance. Mentors facilitate team building sessions and monitor the academic performance of students in their group.

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Upward Bound Classic
Upward Bound Classic is funded to serve 60 San Diego County students during the academic year and 50 during the summer. The program consists of two closely related components: a six-week summer residential program on the SDSU campus and an academic year program which serves as a follow-up for students who continue to participate. The targeted students are ethnically diverse and live in some of the most economically depressed areas of the county. The academic year activities include college-age mentors in high schools who work up to two hours weekly with students; home visits by year-round Upward Bound staff; individual learning plans/study skills development, college and financial aid application activities; college visitation trips; cultural field trips, and other services to ensure adequate college preparation and career/goal planning.

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Upward Bound Math/Science Regional Center
SDSU has been awarded a center to serve 25 Region IX students (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico; American Samoa, Guam, Palau and Federal States of Micronesia and U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico) and 25 local San Diego students for an intensive summer program. The summer component has a balanced core curriculum (for entering 11th and 12th graders) of several levels of math, writing, and reading combined with courses that begin to simulate college work in the sciences - botany, physical science, environmental ecology, biochemistry and molecular biology – as well as computer applications to math/science problems. Students also participate in workshops in career exploration and adolescent issues. All students participate in major research projects based on their science or math focus. Co-curricular workshops, career activities, evening tutorials, and scientific field trips supplement the courses.

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Upward Bound STAR
This is a newly funded program which focuses on language development with students who speak English as their second language. Like Upward Bound Classic, Upward Bound STAR is funded to serve 60 San Diego County students during the academic year and 50 during the summer. The program consists of two closely related components: a six-week summer residential program on the SDSU campus and an academic year program which serves as a follow-up for students who continue to participate. The targeted students are ethnically diverse and live in some of the most economically depressed areas of the county. The academic year activities include college-age mentors in high schools who work up to two hours weekly with students; home visits by year-round Upward Bound staff; individual learning plans/study skills development, college and financial aid application activities; college visitation trips; cultural field trips, and other services to ensure adequate college preparation and career/goal planning.

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