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President Dynes Visits Inland Empire


UC President’s Focus to be on Partnerships in the Inland Empire

Robert Dynes to tour San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino, where several UCR education programs are working.

(May 17, 2007)

University of California President Robert Dynes.Enlarge

University of California President Robert Dynes.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — University of California President Robert Dynes will visit San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, May 24 . The high school is the site of several academic preparation programs operated by UC Riverside.

At San Gorgonio High School, 65 percent of the students participate in the free lunch program, but with the assistance of UC academic preparation programs in place 73 percent of graduates go on to secondary education.

President Dynes will visit the school, first meeting with local education, industry, and alumni leaders and then join students and parents involved in UC academic preparation programs. Dynes will speak about preparing for college to the audience of students, parents, teachers, school administrators, school board members and legislative staff members, as part of a two-day visit to the Inland Empire.

Funding for academic preparation programs has been cut from the 2007-08 state budget. President Dynes plans to tell his audience that “UC Student Academic Preparation and Education Programs (SAPEP) are critical to providing the pathways to college. We will aggressively seek continuation of state funding for them.”

At San Gorgonio, UCR’s P-20 Alliance is operating several programs, including, the Edge Academy (a summer algebra academy), Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement, Early Academic Outreach Program and the California Science and Mathematics Teacher Initiative. All of these programs operate in collaboration with the San Bernardino County Schools, other partners in K-14 and area businesses. Attendees of the event will have an opportunity to hear about these partnerships.

“It is amazing to me how much good can come from working together to help young people discover their potential,” said UCR’s Pamela Clute, assistant vice provost of academic partnerships and executive director of the Academy of Learning through Partnerships for Higher Achievement (ALPHA). “San Gorgonio High School is a great example of how the University of California works with public school districts, the county and business to help students develop skills for college admission, for work force readiness, and for life long learning.”

Visiting all of California’s many regions has been a priority for Dynes since his appointment in October 2003. He has welcomed the exchange of ideas and thoughts about the future of the University of California from communities statewide, and on how the university can further contribute to California’s economic growth and quality of life.

“The value of face-to-face meetings with leaders of the community and people who are associated with the University of California is immeasurable,” said Dynes. “I can learn a lot about what we do as a university and how we can positively affect the lives of people in this state.”

“As a public institution, the University of California has a responsibility to inform, educate, and transfer knowledge to the communities in which it serves,” said Dynes. During his two-day visit, he will be meeting with community members throughout the Inland Empire.


The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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