Fall 2015


Student Success Effort Nets $3 Million State Award

LAST YEAR, HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY teamed up with College of the Redwoods, K-12 school districts, the Humboldt County Office of Education, and business leaders to form the Humboldt Post-Secondary Success Collaborative. The goal? Do more to help North Coast students go to college.

The broad scope of the project—some 31 school districts, from Trinidad to Bridgeville, are involved—has attracted attention. The Collaborative is now one of 14 winners of the state’s Awards for Innovation in Higher Education, and was recently awarded $3 million to help expand the effort.

“The goal is to change the dialogue of decision making at the high school and elementary school level. The Collaborative will also support very comprehensive professional development for local educators, that focuses on what HSU has to offer for our students,” says Heidi Moore, a program coordinator from the Humboldt County Office of Education. “We want to give them more ways to get students excited about going to college.” The office worked closely with Humboldt State University to earn the award.

The Collaborative formed to tackle challenges of getting more Humboldt County students to succeed in K–12 and graduate ready for college. Reports show that 36 percent of Humboldt County’s fourth-graders are lacking in math and reading skills. With a focus on college readiness, the goals of the Collaborative include:

  • Graduate more Humboldt County students who are competent in math and English, and have completed required courses for CSU or UC admission.
  • Clear the path for transferring between College of the Redwoods and HSU to ensure students complete their education on time.
  • Make sure students who enroll in college have a clear financial plan.
  • Help students from traditionally underrepresented groups graduate at the same rate as their peers.