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Director of Communications
Loyola University Chicago Joins Cristo Rey Network
CHICAGO, June 4, 2009 – Loyola University Chicago has announced plans to become a National Founding Partner of the Cristo Rey Network University Partner Initiative. Recently launched, the program includes more than 20 colleges and universities from around the country joining as University Partners.
The University Partner Initiative emerged as one of the key recommendations from the Cristo Rey Network’s Summit on Postsecondary Success, held at Georgetown University, in July 2008. The initiative seeks to formalize and deepen strategic relationships with colleges and universities who are committed to ensuring college success for Cristo Rey Network students. University Partners have committed to assist the Cristo Rey Network as they expand their levels of support for graduates and schools in a number of ways, including scholarship programs, job sponsorship, pre-college summer enrichment programs, academic support programs, and more.
Similarly, University Partners are exploring new opportunities to further the Cristo Rey Network’s mission by hosting professional development conferences and providing research support for the ongoing longitudinal study of Cristo Rey Network graduates. Rob Birdsell, president and CEO, commented, “This is a breakthrough moment for the network and our students. We are excited to work together with our University Partners to achieve our common mission and ensure college success for all Cristo Rey Network graduates.”
“Loyola University Chicago is grateful for the opportunity to join as a National Founding Partner with the Cristo Rey Network,” said Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president of Loyola University Chicago. “This partnership allows Loyola to contribute to one of the most innovative educational movements in the country, and it will also allow Loyola to continue our commitment to providing access and support to first generation college students.”
National Founding Partners:
Boston College, DePaul University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, Loyola University Chicago, Marquette University, Wesleyan University
Bentley University, College of the Holy Cross, Creighton University, Dominican University, Fairfield University, Harvard University, Saint Mary’s College (IN), Saint Mary’s College of California, Santa Clara University, St. John’s University (MN), St. Peter’s College, St. Thomas University (FL), Suffolk University, University of Saint Mary
About the Cristo Rey Network
The Cristo Rey Network, founded in 2002, comprises 22 schools that use an innovative work-study model to provide a quality, college prep education to economically challenged young men and women in urban communities across the United States. The principal benefactors of the Cristo Rey Network have been the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Cassin Education Initiative. Cristo Rey Network schools provide a Catholic, college prep education to economically challenged young people in urban communities. In 2008-2009, 22 schools served more than 5,000 students. Ninety-five percent of Cristo Rey students are racial minorities; 34 percent are African-American, and 55 percent are Latino. The schools educate students of all faiths and cultures; this year 37 percent of Cristo Rey students are non-Catholic. Ninety-nine percent of the network’s 2008 graduates were accepted in a two- or four-year college, and, through their work, and study jobs, students earned more than $27M toward their tuition. For more information, visit: www.cristoreynetwork.org.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,600 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in their 2009 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.