2008 Examples of Excelencia Honorable Mention
Established in 1993, South Texas College (STC) was the only higher institution in the state of Texas to have been legislatively created due to the compelling need for a community college to serve the 600,000 residents of Hidalgo and Starr counties who did not have access to postsecondary education. STC's five campuses are located in deep South Texas along the US-Mexico border in an area known as the Rio Grande Valley.
Undergraduate students are trained to conduct research in environmental and molecular biology issues related to animal food production. Faculty from five different academic departments serve as mentors for the students. Students are expected to write a research report and to present their results at local or international meetings.
The Ortiz Programs were named in honor of Martin Ortiz ‘48, one of the first Latinos to graduate from Whittier College and founding director of the former Center of Mexican American Affairs. These programs date back to 1968, when Dr.
Created in fall 2005, the University of North Texas (UNT) Student Money Management Center (the Center) addresses financial barriers to college entrance, persistence, and retention, in addition to cultural issues relating to debt and credit, to educate students regarding student loans and other personal debt.
East Los Angeles College's (ELAC's) Jaime Escalante Math Program is a unique partnership between ELAC and 128 area high schools and middle schools. The Escalante Program offers an integrated sequence of intermediate and advanced mathematics coursework, grounded on the commitment of each student and instructor to a rigorous schedule. Classes are designed to cover one year of course work (two semesters) in six weeks. Participants meet for fo
Learning Communities consist of two classes in different disciplines linked at registration and providing shared content by a team of instructors and a counselor during adjoined class periods. The first Learning Communities focused on improving the success rates for students requiring developmental English.
The Elgin Community College Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Program prepares highly skilled building engineers and technicians for the HVACR industry. Each year the demand for well-trained men and women to install, service, and maintain equipment increases as fuel conservation, ozone depletion, and global warming remain critical issues worldwide.
In 2006, the University was granted $50,000 annually for a three-year period by the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Foundation, for the sole purpose of providing study abroad scholarships to students from the region. This generous contribution has had a big impact on the increase of study abroad numbers, and has resulted in TAMIU having one of the higher study abroad ratios for Hispanic students in the state of Texas.
The Latino Center for Medical Education and Research (LaCMER), located in Fresno, California, was established in 1996 by the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine to address acute professional healthcare provider shortages in central California, and the lack of access to healthcare among medically underserved Central San Joaquin Valley residents. Our program is defined as an educational pipeline employing an active partn
The graduate programs in the Department of Bilingual Education (DBE) at Boise State University aim to shape leaders in both classroom instruction and advocacy for the linguistically and culturally diverse children of this region and the world. They promote pedagogical innovations to benefit the academic development of all learners, regardless of race, class, gender, age, or special needs.