The Nepantla Program is an alternative space carved out in higher education that reinterprets and redefines the role of a college education by connecting culture to recruitment, provides special designed social justice and identity formation courses, hosts a summer bridge that teaches students how to navigate college, and creates a familia amongst Latina/o students at the college. This academic program recruits and enrolls over 20 incoming freshman students each year and provides peer-to-peer support along with faculty and administrative support from their freshman to senior year of college. Of students served, 85% were Latino. Further, outreach efforts have reached over 500 high school students.
The Nepantla Program has five goals: 1) create a college-going environment for underrepresented/first generation high school students; 2) provide remedial courses to address equity academic gaps for incoming freshman students; 3) offer specialized social justice and identity formation college courses; 4) advise and mentor students on academic, career, and professional development all four years they are enrolled; and 5) facilitate a familia cohort anchored in community involvement.
In summer 2013, compared to non-Nepantla students, participating students:
· had higher pass rates in ENG 100 (100% vs. 75%).
· had a lower DFWI rate in ENG 100 (0% vs. 30%).
· had higher remedial pass rate in Math 93 (100% vs. 71%).
· had higher remedial pass rate in Math 95 (100% vs. 78%).
In fall 2013, compared to non-Nepantla students, participating students:
· had higher pass rates in ENG 102 (100% vs. 77%).
· had higher pass rates in Math 120 (80% vs. 68%).
· had higher average semester GPA by 0.3 points.
Graduation as of Fall 2016
GPA as of Fall 2016 for retained 3.07 3.02
In the Spring 2014, all (21) Nepantla students were retained from fall 2013.