BUSCA graduates earn an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in English for Academic Purposes; a degree which fulfills core requirements for students wanting to continue their studies to earn their Bachelor’s degree at La Salle University. BUSCA offers the unique opportunity to begin university studies with a series of intensive courses in English, a curriculum developed by a team of faculty with expertise in English language acquisition, curriculum development, and assessment. La Salle provides academic and financial advising as well as motivational counseling in Spanish for all students. Students who are eligible for the complete package of federal and state aid will study in BUSCA for free. The University itself, by means of university grants and scholarships from private institutions, make up the difference between the government aid and the total cost of tuition. The program is designed to fully meet the needs of our student population, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college.
The mission of BUSCA (Bilingual Undergraduate Studies for Collegiate Advancement) is to engage students in educational programs designed to empower Latinos to be bilingual/bicultural leaders in contemporary U.S. society. BUSCA’s goals include preparing students with critical academic and language skills that allow them to successfully transition to bachelor’s-level studies and give back to their communities.
BUSCA began in 1993 with 10 students and a staff of one director and four teachers. As of 2013, faculty has grown to 35, and we currently have 185 students enrolled in 60 classes each year. In its 20 years of existence, 326 students have earned their associate degree, 84 have continued their studies at La Salle to earn their bachelor’s degree, and 6 have earned their master’s degree in bilingual/bicultural studies at La Salle. In 2013 we graduated our largest class, 44 students. Thirty four of these AA graduates (77%) continued on to pursue their Bachelor’s degree at La Salle.