2012 Examples of Excelencia Finalist
To help integrate first-year multicultural college students into the college environment, the Office of Minority Affairs established the Multicultural Student Mentor Program (MSMP) in 1988 as a retention strategy to welcome and help incoming students in their transition and adjustment to the university environment.
The Mathematics and Science Academy (MSA) program at UTRGV differs from other state-supported mathematics and science high schools in that the academy offers students the opportunity to complete two years of college concurrently with the last two years of high school.
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) developed a fully automated reverse-transfer system that allows transfer students to earn their final credits at the university, and then have those credits sent back to the community college. Those students can fulfill the balance of the associate-degree requirements at the university and then receive their degrees from El Paso Community College.
Math Jam program provides new students with an engaging, no-stress environment in which to experience success before they begin their fall math course. Collaborative activities, competitions, guest speakers, out-of-classroom activities, and community building help students feel comfortable in a college math class, understand the benefits of advisement and tutoring, and make friends with their teachers, classmates, and tutors.
Puerta al Futuro (Puerta) enables Spanish-speaking adult immigrants to earn an AA or BA, with a track to an MA, while improving their English. Students move from intense English training with Spanish language courses to English-only. Evening and weekend classes, multiple sites, and online studies meet the needs of adults.
Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that offers the only Dual Language Accelerated Program for adults in the nation. Each course is developed and facilitated 50% in Spanish and 50% in English. They accommodate the needs of students’ schedules by meeting just once a week for a period of four hours. Courses are scheduled mornings, evenings and weekends.
The Master of Bilingual Education (MBE) program prepares in-service teachers, over 90% of whom are Latino, to teach elementary level bilingual learners more effectively, enabling students to attain literacy in both Spanish and English while achieving at a high level academically. Program participants are also prepared to assume leadership roles in the community and in their school districts.
Since 2008, the Center has programmatically supported doctoral training of historically underrepresented students, especially Latinos and American Indians through a center focusing on health policy. The Center is preparing future leaders who can address the social inequities that affect the nation’s health and well-being as well as improving the health care delivery and financing system.
The Department of Sociomedical Sciences (SMS) draws from anthropology, history, psychology, and sociology as well as applied public health to examine the cultural, social, environmental, and political forces that shape behavior and that produce health and disease in different contexts. SMS played a key role in instituting the NIH-funded Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD).
The BESITOS Program operates on the premise that acceleration, rather than remediation, is what students need. Students are guided to apply their sociocultural, linguistic, cognitive, and academic strengths to their learning and view them as key to their future success as teachers. The Program graduates bilingual Latino teachers who are advocates for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) students and families.