2016 Example of Excelencia
This is one of three Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs in Chicago. It is the only BSW program of its kind in a Midwest college with a bilingual curriculum. The BSW program started in response to a need for bilingual social workers in local agencies, and a more empowered Latino community. A 2004 Survey by the National Association of Social Workers, found only 4% of licensed Social Work respondents in Illinois were Hispanic.
Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) creates a college-going culture for Latino families in an area with a history of low educational attainment. BLCI gives students comprehensive college-prep services such as tutoring, career exploration, and college application guidance.
The EPOCHS program provides services to Latino/a graduate students and activities to improve campus climate and improve retention and graduation rates. In 2009, though 33% of undergraduate students at CSUF self-identified Hispanic (consistent with regional demographics), only 15% of graduate students were Hispanic.
Pathway to the Baccalaureate was launched to support the growing population of traditional-aged students in Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) who demonstrate substantial barriers to college access and completion. Funding, services and in-kind support from ten K-16 partners provides selected students with a coordinated, inter-institutional service network to address academic and navigational barriers to higher education.