Institution
Nevada State College
Academic Level
Issue Area(s)
Key Personnel
Nevada State College
1300 Nevada St. Drive
Henderson, NV 89002
United States

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.

Goal/Mission

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.

Outcome

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. 

 

Fall 2013                                                               Nepantla             Non-Nepantla, First-time, Full-time

Students                                                                   21                           151                                        

1-yr Retention                                                          95%                        66%

Graduation as of Fall 2016                                       5%                          0%

GPA as of Fall 2016 for retained                            3.07                        3.02       

1st-Gen                                                                     91%                        71%

Minority                                                                    95%                        57%

In the Spring 2014, all (21) Nepantla students were retained from fall 2013.  

Program Focus
Summer Bridge