2015 Examples of Excelencia Finalist
An in-depth research study found that, although several academic programs were available in Waukegan, none included parents in their programming. Waukegan to College (W2C) began with bi-lingual one-on-one counseling and workshops for parents and students. Tutoring and mentoring were added later that year.
The Encuentros Leadership College Preparatory Academy was created in response to the growing Latino male achievement gap in higher education. The overall purpose of the Academy is to significantly close the college achievement gap for Latino males. In California, the best and brightest Latino males accepted into the UC system as freshmen experience the highest dropout rate, at over 80%.
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.
College Forward provides intensive, culturally-appropriate mentoring services to propel Hispanic students to collegiate success. With a goal of building and sharing effective solutions, they collaborate with other practitioners across Texas and the U.S.
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.
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 Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) Program at Lehman College is an educational opportunity program of the City University of New York. Inaugurated in 1968 the SEEK program targets students who have demonstrated motivation and potential for college success but do not meet traditional admissions requirements and need academic and financial assistance to succeed in college.
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 San Antonio College (SAC) Department of Services for Women & Non-Traditional Students (SWANS) provides a one-stop, comprehensive system of quality, support/retention services for SAC students and the community in its Empowerment Center.