2013 Examples of Excelencia Finalist
Florida International University (FIU), a four-year, public, urban, research, Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), was awarded in 2009 a grant in the College of Education, to implement the Creating Latino Access to a Valuable Education (CLAVE) project. The program aims to expand post-baccalaureate educational opportunities and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic students.
The Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp (LLCEC) started as a college preparation day camp in 2006. Since 2008, the LLCEC has evolved into an intensive college literacy program that nurtures peer and professional mentoring; exposes students to college opportunities; increases self-awareness and self-advocacy; and engages students in social justice issues.
The biotechnology program, founded in 2008, implemented a research-mentoring program serving their predominately underrepresented and rural student population. This initiative engages students in a meaningful research experience early in their academic careers in order to achieve lasting implications for student success and long-term development of a community of successful students.
Established at Utah Valley University during Fall 2007, the Latino Initiative helps Latina/o students achieve educational success by providing direct student services to help Latina/o students along the PK-16 educational pathway.
In 2000, the non-profit Esperanza, Inc. and Eastern University forged a partnership to address the unmet educational needs of the Hispanic community, resulting in Esperanza College (EC), a Middle States Accredited branch campus of Eastern University, offering courses for credit towards an associate’s degree. The college provides higher education opportunities in a community that experiences secondary drop-out rates of 37%.
Encuentro Hacia El Exito – Encounter to Excellence (ETE) has been designed to permanently increase the institution’s capacity to dramatically shift the number of freshmen students achieving success during their first two years.
The Department of Special Education’s (DSE) mission is to diversify the special education teacher population and special education teachers’ responsiveness to Latino student’s language and culture as well as exceptionality. Following the end of a federal grant that funded a Bilingual Special Education program (BiSped), the DSE integrated the components into the Special Education curriculum.
Opening its doors in 2008, BECHS is partnered with The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) and offers an accelerated educational experience where students can earn a high school diploma and up to 60 college credit hours simultaneously. BECHS also provides support to students through academic mentoring, counseling, and innovative academic support programs both at the University and on the BECHS campus.
The Ph.D. Program is one of only about 25 such programs worldwide accredited by the AACSB International and is designed to prepare new generations of faculty from diverse backgrounds to meet critical research and teaching challenges projected in business and in particular, international business education.
Since Fall 2008, the MESA Program at Rio Hondo College has enabled disadvantaged students to prepare for and graduate from a four-year college or university with a calculus-based degree in STEM.