Center for Educational Partnerships

Center for Educational Partnerships
Academic Level
Issue Area
Key Personnel
Program Focus
College Prep,
Community Partnerships / Collective Impact


The Center for Educational Partnerships provides opportunities for middle and high school students to successfully progress onto college/navigate higher education and supports undergraduate students through postbaccalaureate preparation. The Center leads campus efforts through four intersegmental partnerships, seven federal grants, and five initiatives with non-profit community-based organizations.

The Educational Partnership’s goals are to:

  1. Improve student graduation, postsecondary and postbaccalaureate enrollment rates.
  2. Increase knowledge of postsecondary and postbaccalaureate options, preparation, and financing among students and families.
  3. Engage in active collaboration with community partners, educational institutions, and families through a multi-faceted approach to strengthen equitable access and supports.
  4. Develop learning opportunities for students that provide them skills and knowledge to become self-advocates and leaders in their communities.

Program Description

Established in 2007, California State University, Fullerton’s Division of Student Affairs created the department to coordinate three TRIO grants: GEAR UP, Upward Bound, and Talent Search.

The Center offers programming for 6th to 12th grade students through GEAR UP, Upward Bound, and the Talent Search. Undergraduates receive support through the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. The Center also leads campus efforts through four intersegmental partnerships and five initiatives with non-profit community-based organizations, local school districts, and community colleges to intentionally develop early interventions and practices that prepare students for a range of college and career options. All programs provided are culturally-sensitive and recognize the need to engage Latinx families as a whole and provide bilingual services.


  • Increased postsecondary exposure:In 2018-19, GEAR UP provided more than 7,000 hours of postsecondary exposure, college planning workshops to 2,016 tenth graders, and nearly 3,000 hours of tutoring. 91% of students were knowledgeable about California A-G requirements and more than 80% were confident in their knowledge about college entrance requirements.
  • Increased postsecondary enrollment: Of 2019 graduating Upward Bound scholars, 97% enrolled in an institution of postsecondary education immediately after high school graduation compared to 66% of all 2019 California graduating high school students. Similarly, 85% of Talent Search scholars in 2019 enrolled in an institution of postsecondary education immediately after high school graduation.
  • Increased postbaccalaureate enrollment:  In Fall 2018, 100% of graduating McNair Scholars were accepted to and enrolled in graduate studies immediately following completion of their bachelor’s. In 2018, 83% of McNair Scholars in their first year of graduate school persisted to their second year.