When the National Urban Alliance applied for a grant last year to start a program aimed at helping college students in remedial courses graduate, the group intended to launch the program at a historically black college or university.
When the NCAA awarded the grant to the alliance, the nonprofit's president, Eric Cooper, wasn't even considering Cal State Northridge as a potential destination.
"I knew they were a large university, but that was about it," he said, adding he wasn't even quite sure where the campus was located.
But nearly a year later, faculty and staff at the San Fernando Valley campus received the $100,000 grant. They are learning the Urban...