FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
Loyola University Chicago Announced as a National University Partner of the
Cristo Rey Network for Academic Year 2010–2011
CHICAGO, February 9, 2011 – The Cristo Rey Network has recognized Loyola University Chicago as one of its National University Partners for the 2010-2011 academic year, as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to ensure all Cristo Rey Network graduates have access to the academic, social, and financial support they need to complete their college degree. As a partner, Loyola, along with the other partner universities, commit to support Cristo Rey Network students in a number of ways, including scholarship programs, job sponsorship, and pre-college summer enrichment programs.
Loyola has hosted professional development programs for principals, faculty, and college counselors through the initiative. In addition, as a national partner, Loyola and other universities have generously invested directly in the Cristo Rey Network to advance its mission and impact.
“Loyola University Chicago is grateful for being selected as a National University Partner with the Cristo Rey Network,” said Loyola President Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. “This partnership provides Loyola the opportunity to contribute to one of the most innovative educational movements in our country. It will also allow Loyola to continue our commitment to providing access and support to first-generation college students.”
Only 1 in 10 low-income students beginning high school complete a post-secondary degree by age 24. Students completing a college degree earn, on average, $1 million more over the course of their lifetime. With the launch of its University Partner Initiative less than two years ago, the Cristo Rey Network began formalizing strategic relationships with colleges and universities committed to supporting the Cristo Rey Network graduates and its member schools.
Early highlights of the initiative include:
1. Almost 200 Cristo Rey Network graduates have enrolled in partner institutions the last two years
2. The network boasts a 97% persistence rate for graduates enrolled in partner institutions the last two years
3. More than $5 million in scholarships and institutional aid has been awarded by partners to Cristo Rey Network graduates for the 2010-2011 academic year
“I am excited by the growth and shared learning that is happening in this initiative,” remarked Rob Birdsell, President & CEO of the Cristo Rey Network. “We are humbled to have several new universities joining us in our common mission to transform urban America one student at a time. We know that it is through such mission-driven collaboration that our students will achieve their dreams of success in college and and in their career.”
National University Partners
College of the Holy Cross
College of Saint Benedict
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Pine Manor College
Saint John’s University
Saint Mary’s College
St. Thomas University
Supporting University Partners
Saint Peter’s College
Santa Clara University
University of Saint Mary
University of San Francisco
About the Cristo Rey Network®
The Cristo Rey Network is comprised of 24 high schools that provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to 6,500 urban young people who live in communities with limited educational options. Member schools utilize a rigorous academic model, supported with effective instruction, to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college. All students at Cristo Rey Network schools participate in a corporate work-study program through which they finance the majority of the cost of their education, gain real world job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of their education. Learn more at cristoreynetwork.org.
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.”
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 nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 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 10 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 is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.