McGraw Prize Awarded to Valencia College President Shugart for Commitment to Latino Student Success

In May, Arizona State University and McGraw-Hill Education announced the winners of the 2017 Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in education. The award honors outstanding individuals improving education and whose accomplishments are making a difference.

Sandy Shugart, Valencia College President was recognized for transforming the college into a national model for student success. Direct Connect is one program that contributes to making Valencia College an exemplar of community college change that is increasing graduation rates and helping large numbers of Hispanic students succeed.

In 2012, Excelencia in Education recognized DirectConnect as an Example of Excelencia for accelerating Latino student college transfer and degree completion.

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Other McGraw Prize Winners include:
Sarita Brown, President, Excelencia in Education 
Diana Natalicio, President, University of Texas at Austin and a President for Latino Student Success
Shirley Reed, President, South Texas College and a President for Latino Student Success