2008 Examples of Excelencia Finalist
The Transitional Bilingual Learning Community (TBLC) program was launched to assist immigrant students with limited English proficiency to transition into college. The program prepares Latino English language learners (ELL) for college-level courses taught in English within a period of two semesters.
MISS was created in 1990 to address a nationwide concern for a shortage of female students, primarily Latinas, opting for careers in STEM. Research has shown that success in mathematics is key to choosing STEM majors in college. Designed particularly to serve females from underrepresented ethnic groups, for the last twenty-five summers, MISS has been providing an intensive mathematics experience.
The College of the Sequoias (COS) Puente Project seeks to improve student persistence and college transfer rates in a county that continues to hover near the bottom of several socio-economic measures. For example, 17.8% of families with children live below the poverty level in California, while the rate is 30.4% for Tulare County. COS students understand the value of higher education, but they face enormous pressures while they are in schoo
Recognizing the dismal rates of Latinos attending college, several visionary members of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #2 approached the Chancellor of the Alamo Community College District (ACCD) in 1997 to develop a program providing scholarships to two generations of Latino students: parents and their children. Since then, LULAC Council #2 has donated $25,000 annually to fund 25 scholarship endowments per year
The primary vehicle by which University of Texas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (UT-LSAMP) has maintained its success is the Summer Research Academy (SRA). SRA is a residential program in which undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors spend a summer working full-time on stipend-supported, ongoing research projects under the direction of tenured faculty mentors. Approximately 50 students
Armstrong’s success in advancing Latino education in Georgia goes back to 2003, when the university established the HOLA (Hispanic Outreach and Leadership at Armstrong) program to provide a comprehensive Latino outreach, recruitment, progression and graduation initiative on campus. In the ten years since, the Latino enrollment on campus has increased 200 percent to the current 7.3% percent of total enrollment.
The Dual Language Program of the Honors College at Miami Dade College (MDC) is the first and only associate degree program of its kind in the United States. Courses and academic activities immerse students in both English and Spanish. Students completing the program are prepared to transfer to upper-level institutions or enter the workforce fully biliterate and bicultural.
The Colorado Diversity Initiative (CDI) prepares undergraduates for graduate school; recruits and retains a growing number of doctoral students; and prepares recent PhD recipients for faculty positions through elite postdoctoral fellowships.
In 2002, the Department of Education awarded New Mexico State University a College Assistance Migrant Program (NMSU-CAMP) grant to serve the educational needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers. Currently in its sixth year, the program serves 134 Latino students. CAMP is a residential program based in a centralized dormitory to facilitate access to university resources and to CAMP offices, study halls and computer labs.