Columbus State University is ramping up recruitment and retention efforts through a new program focused on rural African-American males - a demographic largely missing in higher education.
At CSU, African-American males represent 9 percent of the student body, and just one percent (66 students) of that demographic is comprised of students from rural areas.
"Projecting Hope" coordinated by CSU's Office of Diversity Programs and Services will target African-American males ages 17-25 in Talbot, Taylor and Troup Counties.
Besides recruiting these students, there will special mentoring the first two years.
The launch of Projecting Hope is supplemented by a $22,000 grant through the University System of Georgia's African Male Male Intitative.