CELAC addresses the needs of their culturally and linguistically diverse students and improve their college level writing skills. All students in the program are required to take first year writing courses at CELAC to give students a cocoon where they feel comfortable to grow during their first year of college.

 The Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership (BASOL) was developed as an innovative, affordable, accelerated, and accessible competency-based degree program. The BASOL degree is a flat tuition of $750 and can be completed for less than $15,000. Classes are offered in hybrid and online formats, and are held through seven-week terms offered year round.

Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) for Higher Education (AHE) Teacher Preparation Initiative (TPI) program was implemented at The University of Texas—Pan American (now UT Rio Grande Valley) in 2012 to impact teacher candidates through their teacher preparation programs.

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.

The ENLACE Fellows initiative funds the tuition of 10-15 individuals for enrollment in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with a Higher Education concentration every two years. The MA program has a curriculum and specific coursework focused on the educational needs of an increasingly diverse college student population.

The Clinical Laboratory Science Program, established in 1976, is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. The Hispanic population has traditionally been under represented in allied health fields such as clinical laboratory science. Students in the program are primarily Hispanic, first generation, college students.

LEAP (Learning Enhanced through Accelerated Paths) was established in fall 2012 to address a challenge faced by 75% of incoming Hispanic students at Union County College — the requirement of developmental courses that delay degree completion. LEAP encourages timely graduation by providing first-time students the opportunity to complete accelerated developmental courses in English, mathematics or ESL.

The Equity Mentoring Program was developed in the Math Department as a result of the Equity in Excellence Project, which brought the Equity Scorecard from USC’s Center for Urban Education (CUE) to Community College of Aurora (CCA). The scorecard uses inquiry as a strategy to identify and change the practices and beliefs of institutions that lead to inequitable outcomes for students in terms of race/ethnicity.

The Combined BA/MD Degree Program addresses the physician shortage in New Mexico by admitting a class of diverse students committed to becoming doctors and practice medicine in underserved communities across New Mexico. Each year 28 diverse students from New Mexico and the Navajo Nation are admitted as freshmen into the program through a holistic review process, with a conditional place reserved for them at the UNM School of Medicine.

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