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PASO is committed to enriching the established CSUSM Diversity effort:

As a community of students, faculty, and staff, we at Cal State San Marcos are committed to respecting and modeling the diversity of our region within the context of social justice.  Together we strive for educational equity and promote a fair and open environment for the exchange of ideas. - CSUSM Strategic Priority 5

Latino Grads

What is PASO?

Funded by the Department of Education as a Title V Hispanic-Serving Institution CSUSM received a 2.6 million dollar grant over a period of five years. The Pathways to Academic Success & Opportunities (PASO) program is housed in Academic Affairs under the direction of Provost Graham Oberem, Ph.D., Minerva Gonzalez, Project Director, and Dr. Kimberly D'Anna-Hernandez, as the Faculty Lead Director.

PASO aims to expand educational opportunities and improve the academic attainment of Latino students. With the focus on retention and graduation of Latino students through the Pathways to Academic Success & Opportunities program, CSUSM will address the achievement gap among Latino students by implementing innovative student services, culturally relevant curriculum, and meaningful co-curricular offerings aimed at increasing retention and graduation rates specifically for this student group.

What Does PASO Have to Offer?

  • Free Printing
  • Computer Lab 
  • Book Vouchers
  • Educational Supplies 
  • Surface Pro/iPad (laptop) checkout
  • Assists you and your parents with the admission and Financial Aid Application
  • One stop shop for academic and student support services
  • Helps with high school to college transition
  • Math and Writing Tutoring resources 
  • PASO Courses - Culturally relevant curriculum.
  • Retention Services
  • Scholarship Search
  • PASO Ambassador Mentoring
  • Faculty Student Mentoring
  • Sense of belonging and connection to campus life
  • First Year Educational Plans and academic advising
  • PASO Scholar Community Building