Welcome to the Center for Educational Partnerships

The Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP) is a campus department under the College Access and Career Pathways area within the Division of Student Affairs. CEP programs, partnerships, and initiatives have a long-standing commitment and belief that all students have the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education regardless of  systemic, economic, or social barriers. All CEP programs serve students from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented backgrounds who are from high need communities. 

Every year, CEP provides services to approximately 5,000 students in grades 6th-12th and CSUF undergraduates. Services focus on academic enrichment, advising, family engagement, educational support services, and post-secondary exposure and planning. 

Our Mission

At the Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP), we are a learning community of mentors, educators, and student-centered advocates who provide and connect students to high impact learning experiences. Our priority is to ensure that students have educational opportunities that will enable them to achieve their career and life goals. We strive to cultivate innovative and intentional collaborations with community partners, educational institutions, and families. We expose students to transformative educational paths, career fields, and life experiences. We dream and work towards empowering students, a society in which life circumstances do not dictate one's outcomes and an educational system in which access and opportunity are abundant and available to every student. Each CEP program is structured and designed to meet the needs and age groups of our students.


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Educational Talent Search encourages and assists high school students with the knowledge and skills to attend and succeed in higher education. CSUF Talent Search has two grants that serve nearly 1,100 participants annually from six high schools in the Anaheim Union High School District: Anaheim, Katella, Loara, Magnolia, Savanna, and Western high

Established in 1991 and a second grant in 2016 (funded by the U.S. Department of Education) 

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GEAR UP strives to increase the number of underrepresented students from low-income backgrounds who enter and succeed in postsecondary education. In partnership with Anaheim Union High School District, the project serves a cohort of students beginning the 7th grade and follows their successes through first year in post-secondary education. A seven-year grant was funded in 2015 and serves 2,100 students from Anaheim, Katella, and Loara highschools. An additional seven-year grant was funded in 2018 and serves 1,400 students from Brookhurst, Dale, and Orangeview junior high schools.

Funded in 1999, 2008, 2011, 2015 and 2018 (funded by the U.S. Department of Education)  

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The McNair Scholars Program provides opportunities for CSUF undergraduate students to engage in research, and develop skills and student/faculty mentor relationships that are critical to success at the doctoral level. The program provides year-round services to prepare participants for acceptance into quality graduate programs. CSUF McNair Scholars serves 25 students each year. All students participate in academic-year and summer activities until they graduate.


Established in 1999 (funded by the U.S. Department of Education)

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 Upward Bound prepares eligible high school students with preparation for postsecondary education. The program
provides academic enrichment opportunities, financial aid assistance, higher education preparation, and exposure to career opportunities. CSUF Upward Bound serves about 90 students from high schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District: Century, Saddleback, Santa Ana, and Valley high schools.

Established in 1992 (funded by the U.S. Department of Education)

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In 2020, The Center for Educational Partnership (CEP) was selected as  a finalist  for Examples of Excelencia in recognition of the Center's dedication to serving Latino/a students through intentional, culturally relevant, and high-impact practices.  

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