2014 Examples of Excelencia Finalist
The ARMAS Center opened in 2009 to support students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) as well as the faculty who teach them.
The focus of the STARS program is to ensure that students who place at a developmental level in math and English upon entering college take these courses early. STARS faculty have found that students often postpone taking developmental courses and in turn do not have the required courses to transfer to four-year institutions.
In 2010 Pasadena City College’s research office reported on a cohort of developmental education students who were tracked for six years. Findings revealed that almost 20% dropped out in their first year and that 65% had no discernible milestone. In 2011, in response to the dismal findings, PCC created PCC Pathways. Pathway program components include:
The Academies was introduced in 2005 to provide Hispanic students a unique opportunity for high-achieving high school juniors to earn an associate degree from South Texas College tuition-free while completing their high school graduation requirements, specifically in the STEM fields.
BUSCA began in 1993 with 10 students, 1 staff, and 4 teachers. Since 1998, BUSCA has served more than 825 students and currently has 180 students and 34 faculty members. Since 2003 BUSCA classes have been taught exclusively in English, with first semester teachers focusing on ESL instruction. The program has a specialized curriculum combined with targeted support services.