The STEM Success program helps students successfully complete undergraduate STEM degrees. It grew out of a 2011 HSI grant-funded program that supported over 1,500 STEM majors (including 660 Hispanics) with a comprehensive array of services. These services include STEM-specific, coordinated articulation with two community colleges, and The Commons, a gathering area for the STEM campus community, staffed with student tutors.
Shark Path is an intentional weave of strategies, programs, activities, and interventions that guides students at every stage of their journey from admissions to completion of a credential and transition to the next stage—entry into a baccalaureate program or the labor market. The guided pathway integrates a three-tiered (pre-college, first year, and college mentoring) model of advising using a case management proactive approach.
“Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) was launched in 2007 to improve the low graduation rates of City University of New York’s (CUNY) Community Colleges. ASAP provides wraparound services to students selected at six CUNY community colleges.” The ASAP expansion at Bronx Community College (BCC) is a redesign of an entire college through the expansion of a very successful program.
Sacramento State’s CAMP was established in 1986 and offers first-year students from migrant or seasonal farmworker backgrounds cohort-based education, career support services, opportunities for cultural affirmation that lead to student success. Latino students make up 98% of the eligible migrant student population in California, but less than 1% of them attend college because of their families’ transient lifestyle.
The Citrus College STEM Summer Research Experience (SRE) program was established in 2012 with support from a federal grant aimed at increasing the number of Hispanic STEM majors. Prior to 2012, data showed that Hispanic students were not selecting STEM majors at rates proportional to their enrollment at the college, and those enrolled in STEM were not succeeding or transferring at rates consistent with their peers.
Design for Completion (D4C) is a system-wide redesign of educational pathways, a reinventing of institutional roles, and a re-imagining of the vision of Odessa College. Two main interlocking initiatives under D4C are the Drop Rate Improvement Program and AVID. The first initiative, introduced in 2011, focuses on keeping Hispanic students in the classroom through four faculty commitments that target student-faculty connection.
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.
The SH ELITE Program is a male, minority initiative designed to promote the retention and graduation of male, minority (i.e., Hispanic and African American) students at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). Established as a one-year, freshmen program, it has now evolved into a four-year comprehensive program that serves freshmen through senior students.
The United Community Center (UCC) is a 43-year-old nonprofit, community-based agency that provides a range of programs and services to generations of Latinos of all ages in Milwaukee’s near Southside. In 2012, UCC received funding from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation for a College Success grant: Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors).
Florida International University (FIU), a four-year, public, urban, research, Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), was awarded in 2009 a grant in the College of Education, to implement the Creating Latino Access to a Valuable Education (CLAVE) project. The program aims to expand post-baccalaureate educational opportunities and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic students.