A Conversation on Post-Secondary Completion with Bright Spots Across the Nation

A Conversation on Post-Secondary Completion with Bright Spots Across the Nation


Hello Everyone And Welcome. My Name Is Marco
Davis, The Deputy Director Of The White House Initiative On Educational Excellence For Hispanics.
And It’s A Pleasure To Welcome All Of You Today To The Third In Our Series On Bright Spots
And Hispanic Education Google Hangouts. Aimed At Highlighting The Good Work Organizations
Are Doing Across The Nation To Reduce The Achievement Gap For Hispanics. As You May
Recall As Part Of Our 25th Anniversary Year Of Action, Our Initiative Made A National
Call For Bright Spots In Hispanic Education And Announced Over 230 Organizations, Programs
And Initiatives That Are Working To Increase Educational Achievement For Hispanics. To
Elevate The Work Of These Bright Spots And Learn From Their Experience, Our Initiative
Is Hosting A Series Of Interactive Discussions On Educational Topics Of Interest Via The
Google Hangout Platform Over The Coming Year. Today’s Session Will Provide An Opportunity
To Hear From Some Of Our Bright Spots And Discuss Ways In Continue Moving The Needle
For Latino Students And Families In The Area Of Post- Secondary Completion.
I’m Joined By My Colleague Beatriz Ceja, Who’s A Hispanic Service Institution Division
Director At The U.S. Department Of Education. She Will Serve As Our Subject Matter Expert.
And I Am Also Joined By 8 Bright Spot Organizations Throughout The Country Who Lead Efforts To
Increase Post- Secondary Completion In The Hispanic Community. They Are The Folks In
The Boxes At The Bottom Of The Screen, And As You Are Watching From Left To Right They
Include, Dominican University In River Forest, Illinois. Wave Your Hands. Oops Sorry That Is
Not The Order. HAHA, I Got That Wrong. From Left To Right First We Have Rutgers University
LSAMP Program. Great. Followed By Meritus College. They Are Based In San Francisco, California.
We Have The LASER Program At Ohio State University. Hey Everybody. We Then Have Mercy College
Who Is In Dobbs Ferry New York. We Have A Great Group From Mercy. We Have The Scholars
Latino Initiative In Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Hi Everybody. We Have Dominican College In
River Forest, Illinois. We Have The University Of California Riverside In Riverside, California.
And Finally, We Have University Of Texas Rio Grande Valley Or UTRGV Based In Edinburg,
Texas. Thanks. That Is Great. We Would Also Like To Welcome All Of You Who Are Viewing This Event Over The Internet Via Livestream. We Want To Thank You For Joining Us Today.
Now Before We Begin I Want To Give My Colleague, Bea, A Minute To Share A Few Updates
From Her Office And About The Work The Office Of Post-Secondary Education Does At The U.S.
Department Of Education. Thank You Marco, And I Want To Also Echo
Marco’s Welcome To You And Gratitude For Joining Us Today. As Mentioned, I Oversee The
Hispanic Serving Institutions Programs Division In The Office Of Post- Secondary Education,
Which Provides Over 7 Billion, That’s Right I Said Billion, In Funding To Support Institutional
Improvement And Provide Student Services With The Purpose Of Ensuring College Access And
Completion. My Office Is Specifically Responsible For Three Discretionary Grant Programs, Totaling
Over 2 Million Which Include Approximately 282 Grants. These 3 Grant Programs Include
The Title V Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions, The Post Baccalaureate Hispanic Serving Institutions
Program, And The Hispanic Serving Institution STEM And Articulation Program. Which We Will
Actually Be Having A Funding Opportunity This Year Which I Will Provide Further Details
Later In This Hangout. Some Of The Bright Spots, You’ll Hear From Today Have Secured
Grant Funding From Our Office. I’m Happy To Share That We Will Be Having, Again, Some
Funding Opportunities And Hopefully These Bright Spots Will Serve As Examples Of Ways
In Which Some Of You Can Use Our Appropriated Funds.
Great. Thank You Very Much, Bea. Again She Is A Wealth Of Information. That Is Why She Is
Joining Us Today As Our Subject Matter Expert. We Look Forward To Your Insight And Contributions
In Our Discussion Today . I Want To Remind Everyone That You Can Also Participate In The Discussion By Submitting In Your Questions To Us Or To Some Of The Presenters Via Twitter Using
Our Handle @HispanicEd Or Using The Hash Tag #HigherEd. You Can Also Submit Questions To Us On Our Facebook Page By Simply Searching For White House Initiative On Facebook Or By Emailing Us At [email protected] . Now Let’s Get Started By Learning About
The Bright Spot Organizations Who Are Here With Us Today. So Let’s Start With Rutgers
University Tell Us Briefly About Your Organization And The Program That Is Recognized As A Bright
Spot. Thank You; What Our Program Is The Garden
State Louis Stokes Alliance For Minority Participation. We Started This Program In 2009, And The Goal
Of The First Phase Of This Is To Double The Number Of Under-Represented Minority Students In Five Years.
We Achieved That In Four Years. So We Have Done Very Well. We Have Expanded Greatly.
We Graduate Now Over A Thousand Students. We’ve Had Tremendous Increases, Especially In The
Hispanic Latino Population. And As A Result We’ve Now Connected With Five Community Colleges,
All Of Which Are HSI (Hispanic Serving Institutions), And We Now Have A Program For These Community
College Students To Be Transfer Into The Four Year Schools Once They’re Finished With Their
Associates Degree. Very Quickly And Easily. We Have Programs That Do Research At Our Campuses. And So We Graduate People In Tremendous Speed, And Are Effective In That Regard. Great. Thank
You Very Much. Now Let’s Turn It Over To Meritus College,
Why Don’t You Tell Us A Little Bit About Your Work.
Hi And Thank You, Meritus Is A Community-Based Organization In San Francisco. And We Have
Been Serving Our Community For Twenty Years. Our Model Is Based On A Holistic Approach To
Serving Our Students. It Starts With A Meaningful Scholarship That Accompanies Our Students
Through To Graduation, And Along With That We Also Provide One-On-One College Advising
So That Our Students Feel Like They Are Academically Prepared, That They Have The Moral Support,
That They Have The Skills Necessary To Succeed In College So That They Can Be Real Self-Advocates
For Their Future And For Their Success. We Also Provide A Career Development Component
To Our Work Because For Us, College Is Really A Means To The Next Step In Life, In Addressing
Socio Economic Mobility. I Think Our Program Is Really Well Positioned To Help Our Students
Look At The Long Term And Think Of A Long Time Horizon For Their Future For Their Families
And For Their Community. Great. Thank You. Let’s Hear From LASER In
Ohio State. Yes. So We Are Focused On Creating A Pipeline For Students Beginning In Ninth
Grade Through Twelve Grade. We Have Undergraduates That Work Intensively With Them On A Weekly
Basis To Get Them College Ready. Every Student That Has Been In Our Program Has Gotten Into Either A Four-Year College Or A Two Year Community College And Then Transferred.
But We Also Work Very Closely With The Multi- Cultural Center. Indra Leyva, Who Is Just Here To
My Right Also Part Of The Laser Team. Because It’s not Just About Getting The Students To
College. It’s About Creating An Environment That Allows Them Not Just To Survive But To
Thrive, So We Work Very Closely With Other Units On The Campus. Both In The Undergraduate
Levels And Also At The Graduate Levels. One Of My Colleagues Here Also Part Of The LASER
Team Graduate Students And We Also Have An Undergraduate Representative From The LASER
Team And Another Graduate Student And Coordinator Of Laser. So It’s A Pipeline That Starts
In Ninth Grade And Really Goes All The Way Through Graduate And Professional Schools
And With Even Mentoring Happening Between Faculty, So Senior Faculty Then Junior Faculty.
Great. Thank You Very Much. Now Let’s Turn It Over To Mercy College In New York.
Hi. Mercy College Is An HSI, Serving More Than Ten Thousand Students In The New York City
Area. We Have Campuses In Dobbs Ferry, Yorktown Heights, And Also In Manhattan, And The
Bronx. We Know That Our Latino Graduates Will Play A Crucial Role In The Future Of America’s
Workforce And Its Global Competiveness In The Knowledge Economy. So Our Faculty And
Staff Are Overwhelmingly Concerned With How We See Mercy College Graduates. Don’t Just Accumulate
A Few College Credits And A Lot Of College Debt But How They Cross the Finish Line And
Earn A Degree From Mercy College With The Lowest Possible Debt. So Our Faculty And Staff
Are Committed To Finding New Ways To Help Support The Learning And Success Of Our Students
And We’re Proud To Be A Part Of This Conversation Today.
Wonderful, Wonderful. Thank You. And.. Wonderful Wonderful Great And So Now Let’s
Go On To The Scholars’ Latino Initiative Out Of UNC.
Thanks Marco. Scholars’ Latino Initiative At UNC Chapel Hill Really Does Something Simply
Put Is To Help Latino Students Not Just Make It To College But Thrive. We Do That Through
A Variety Of A Pipeline Of Programs And A Variety Of Programming Within That Pipeline
That Really Begins In High School Because We Believe Post-Secondary Success Does Not Begin
When You Enter College It Begins Way Before That. So Through This Programming We Provide
Academic Coaching, Leadership Development, As Well As Creating Support Networks That
Really Enable Our Students To Understand Where To Ask For Help And Where To Access Resources.
SLI Spans Outside Of UNC Chapel Hill And Through Our Support Of Our Variety Of High
Schools And Our Alumni Once They Graduate Our Program. We Also Support Institutions Across
The State Where Our Students End Up Enrolling. They Know Where To Ask For Help And Always
Continue To Come To SLI Because They Know That They Have A Community Here That Really
Seems To Enable Latino Student Success. Great. Thank You Very Much. Now Let’s Go
Onto Dominican University In Illinois. Sheila, I Think You Are Muted. We Can’t Hear You.
Thank You Marco. First Of All I Want To Say What A Great Joy It Is To Be With All Of These
Colleagues That Are Bright Spots In This Very Very Important Work Of Ensuring That Latinos
Graduate From College. For Dominican University Which Has A Population Of [Unclear Number]
Students [Unclear] And At Dominican 47% Of Our Population Is Latino And Over 50% Of Our
Population Is First Generation. We Are Very Very Concerned That These Students Who Have
Been Marginalized In Society Have The Opportunity To Succeed. This Is Not A Program. This Is
Actually A Campus-Wide Commitment To Ensuring That Latino Students Succeed. We Have The
Right Leadership That Constantly Talks About New Ways And Encourages Us, Encourages Us
All To Be Innovative. We Have The Mindset So That Students Will Complete. We Have The Laser-Like Focus On College Completion And We Are Developing The Skill Set. And Things That We
Are Doing That I Just Want To Say Briefly Is Its Very Very Important To Welcome Our
Students And Their Families To Campus Its Extremely Important To Advise For Students’
Success, To Get Peers Involved And To Encourage Engagement. So We Are Very Glad To Be Here
Today. Great, Thank You Very Much. Now Let’s Go
Onto UC Riverside In California. Thank You, Marco. UC Riverside Has Been Acknowledged For Closing The Gaps In Graduation Rates Between Ethnic Groups. We Are An HSI Serving
Institution. We Buck The Current Trends By Having Students Both From African American
Populations As Well As Hispanics Graduating At The Average Of The University, Exceeding
Most Research Universities In The Country. We Have A Number Of Initiatives That Have
Been In Place For A Number Of Years, Including An HSI STEM Branch Funded By The US Department
Of Education. Thank You Very Much. That Particular Program In The Last Few Years Has Partnered
With Community Colleges To Establish Programs To Encourage Students To Continue In STEM
Careers. Ask Community Colleges To Encourage 4 Year Degrees With The Goal Of Closing The
Achievement Gap All The Way Up Until The Professional Ranks. We Also Are An LSAMP Institution Now
In Its 25th Year Here. For Almost 25 Years We Have Supported Over 3,000 Students In Our
Programs And We Also Have A Program Known As California Alliance – A System, Why It Has
Shown Substantial Gains In Closing Those Gaps And Having Students Go Onto Graduate School.
We Also Have Initiatives In All Of Our Colleges We Just Recently Were Awarded A Mellon Mays
Undergraduate Fellowship Program Last Year In Our College Of Humanities, Arts, And Social
Sciences. We Have Robust Learning Communities Which Engage All Of Those Students All Aimed At Increasing Student Success In All Groups On This Campus.
Thank You. Great, Thank You Very Much And Then Finally
Definitely Last But Not Least. Let’s Go To UTRGV, The University Of Texas At Rio Grande
Valley. There We Go. Alright, So UTRGV Is A New Institution
We Launched In September 2015. Brand New. We Are A Consolidation Of The University Of Texas
Pan American And The University Of Texas In Brownsville. Our Two Main Campuses Are In
Edinburg And Brownsville, Texas On The Texas-Mexico Border. We’ve Got 28,600 Students And 89% Of Them
Are Hispanics. So Serving Hispanic Students Is The Central Part Of Our Mission And Our
Reason For Existence. For Those Students, 78% Of Them Are On Pell. So Serving Hispanic Students
Who Come From Poverty, Particularly Persistent Poverty Experience Is Also Part Of Our Mission.
Prior To Our Launch And Since That Time We Have Worked Hard To Prioritize And Develop
Programs In Experiential Learning. We’ve Developed Programming In Mentored Research Experiences For Undergraduate Students, Service Learning Experiences, Volunteerism, Student Leadership
Development, Federal Support Through The Developing Hispanic Institutions Fund Has Been Incredibly
Helpful For That. We Now Have An Active And Annual Undergraduate Research Conference With
Hundreds Of Students Participating, We Have An Active Undergraduate Service Learning Showcase
In Which Hundreds Of Students Participate. We’ve Had Really Enthusiastic Support Of
Our Campus In Our Community And Our Students Participating In Those Experiences. And It
Just Goes To Show You That No Matter How High We Set Our Expectations For Our Students,
They Meet Those Expectations And Ask Us To Move It Higher.
Great, Great. Thank You Very Much. Well, Viewers As You Can Tell We Have A Real Wealth Of Expertise, Of Knowledge, Of Information, Of Best Practices That Are Here That We Are Going To Hear From
And So We Are Very Excited To Get Into This Conversation. Now I Will Tell You All Ahead
Of Time That I Plan To Jump Around A Bit, I Don’t Want To Go Each Time Left To Right,
I Think That’s Not Very Creative So We Are Going To Jump Around Sort Of Based On Relevance
Based On Topics Sort Of Based On Where We Make Connections But We Assure You That You
Are Going To Hear From All Of The Presenters Throughout The Course Of Our Hangout Today.
So First What I Want To Do Is Actually Come To Dominican University. And Sheila, One Of
The Things That I Wanted To Ask You About Is, I Know That For One, Dominican University
Has A History Of Serving For Example Immigrants, First Generation College Students And It’s
My Understanding That You Have Had A Pretty Substantial Growth In The Latino Student Population.
I Think In Some Ways That Reflects And It’s Even More Accelerated Even Than That The Growth
Of The Latino Population In The US. So I’m Wondering Sort Of How The University Sort
Of Adapted And Responded To That Growth. I Think Your Population, Your Latino Student
Population Maybe Doubled In The Last Five To Ten Years. Share With Us A Little Bit About
Some Of The Resources That You Either Already Had Or You Put In Place To Support The Students
Who Were There To Help Them, Again Not Just Enroll But In Fact To Complete College And
Maybe Even Move Into Careers. Talk With Us A Little Bit About Your Role.
Sure. Well First Of All, It’s Really Important To Understand The Mission Of Dominican University
And Our Mission Has Historically Been To Ensure That Our Students Who May Be Marginalized,
Whether They Are Immigrant Students Or Whether They Are Women Or Whether They Are Students
Of Color Would Have A Chance To Succeed Here. So There Is A Mindset That We Need To
Do Or Whoever Walks Through The Door We Need To Ensure That They Have The Opportunity For
The Best Education Possible. And That Means That We Meet On A Weekly Basis From The Cabinet
To Various [Unclear] What Our Students Are Doing. We Look At Early Warning Systems To
Determine What It Is That They Are Experiencing In The Classroom. We Begin To Think About
How To Engage Students As Peer Advisors And Peer Leaders So That They Can Help Our Students
Continue To Rise To The Occasion And Stay On Track. And So The Most Important Thing For
Us Is To Never Give Up On Students And To Support Them In Any Way Possible Because We
Know That We Are Going To Be Asked, What Is It? What Have You Done To Make Certain That
That Student Succeeds? And We Know That We Are Going To Be Asked That By Our Colleagues
And By Our Leadership. So That’s The Most Important Part Because We Are Looking To Innovate.
That’s Great. That’s Great. Thank You Very Much. And So Following Along A Track In
My Mind, So That’s Great That You Have Sort Of Positioned To Be Supportive For Students
And To Be Welcoming And To Sort Of Really Lend A Hand To Students. One Of The Things
That We Know That Comes Up, You Know Top If Not First On Almost Every Kind Of Question
About Accessing College And Certainly About Persisting And Completing College, Is Of
Course Finances, Right? So What I Want To Do Now Is Actually Turn To Meritus College Fund
Because I Think So What I Want To Do Now Is Actually Turn
To Meritus College Fund Because I Think In Many Ways You All Are Not Your Typical Scholarship
Fund. You Reward Funds For Sure But It Seems Like You Have A Broader Array Of Supports
And Services For Students So I’d Like To Hear A Little Bit About What You’ve Learned
That Other Schools, Other Institutions, Other Organizations, Could Learn From
In Terms Of What You Provide That Goes Beyond The Dollars That Your Organization Releases.
Thank You. Meritus Is Really Intent On Meeting A Student Where They Are, Understanding Who
They Are As Individuals, Understanding What Their Goals Are, Understanding Their Families
And The Communities That They Come From, And So We Work One On One Very Closely With
Our Students Through To College Graduation. We Have Staff That Are College Advisors, Are
College Success Advisors. They Work With Our Students To, In The First Instance, Make A College
Choice, Really Looking At Financial Aid Letters, Understanding What The Campus Is Like, How They Can Thrive There And Helping Guide Them Through That Really Critical Phase Post High School
Graduation Really Where We Talk About Some More About. We Have All Of Our Students Getting
Into, Stepping Foot On Campus As Freshmen Which We Think Is A Major Accomplishment Just
From The Start. But From There, We Really Connect Our Students With Resources On Their Campus, With
Older Meritus Scholars Who Can Serve As Buddies To Help Them Navigate. We Help Them Really
Identify The Resources On Campus, We’re There As Their Cheerleaders We Want To Help
Them Celebrate Successes, We Want To Help Them Also Overcome Hurdles. We Think Our Students Sometimes Struggle With That Sense Of Belonging On A College Campus Where They May Be Different.
They May Not Fit In Right Away But Helping Navigate The System, Helping Them Identify
Opportunities So That They Can Thrive Is Really What We Excel At, And We Do Try To Understand
What Our Students Goals Are For The Long Term So That We Can Really Be A Thought Partner With
Them. It Really Is Up To The Student To Help Make Some Of Those Decisions. We’re Here
To Guide, To Be Colleagues With Them, To Support Them All The Way Through To The Next Phase
Of Their Lives. Again, College Is A Terrific Stepping Stone To Careers And To Postgraduate
Studies. And We’re Here Really To Help Them Think That Through And To Create Opportunities
Where At All Possible. If I Could Just Interject Here, One Of The
Things I Keep Hearing From All These Programs Is Intentionality, And So If The Folks Out
There Are Making A List Of The Ingredients That Really Help To Support Students Through
Completion, I Think These Programs Are Truly Providing You With Some Of Those Key Ingredients
Are. Definitely Mindset, As Mentioned Earlier, Focus, Financial Support, But Not Just Financial
Support But, You Know, Coupled With Counseling, Looking At The Social Supports Needed. So Everything
With True Focus And Intentionality. So, Marco. That’s Great, That’s Great. Thank You
For Mentioning That. I Think That’s Right And I Think You’ll See That Throughout The
Conversation. I Want To Turn Now To Mercy College In New York. One Of The Things I Know That
Is Indicative Of Your Program That I Think You Attribute To Your Success. One Is Your Personalized Achievement Contract Program, The Pact Program I Think You Refer To It. And I Think That There’s Also A Component To It That I Wonder If You Could Share About Making Connections To
The Community, Going Beyond The Campus And Bringing The Community In To Help Enhance
The Experience For Students. Could You Talk A Little Bit About That?
Yes, We Have A Series Of Strategies That We’ve Been Carrying Out Over The Last Several Years
And Expect It To Go Into The Future. I’m Going To Mention Five Parts Of Those Strategies.
We Call Them The Maverick Success Tool Kit. You May See The Maverick Here In The Back,
That’s Our School Mascot. The Tool-Kit Consists Of A Number Of Things. I’ll Just Focus Quickly
On Five. First, As We’ve Heard From Dominican, We Have A Mindset, I Call It The Mission Driven
Mindset. We Don’t Believe In That The Pathway To Better Completion Rates Is Simply To Accept
Fewer At Risk Students. We Believe That We Are In The Business Of Serving The Students
That We Have. And If We Can’t Help Them Succeed Then We Will Have Failed. We Have That Mindset
Where We Are Really Focused On Teaching Excellence And Faculty Student Engagement Because We
Know That Completion Without Learning Is A Sham And That We Also Know That Our Faculty
Connections With Our Students Is One Of The Most Important Resources We Have In Helping
Our Students Hang Tough And Go All The Way Through Their College Careers Towards Their
Graduation. A Third, We’ve Allocated Significant Resources To Mentoring As You Were Just Mentioning.
We Provide Every One Of Our Undergraduate Students With A Professional Mentor Who Works
With Our Students To Help Navigate Through The Pathway All The Way Through College, From
Financial Aid And Registration In The Very Beginning To Thinking About Careers At The
Very End. When We First Put This Practice In In 2009, We Saw A Ten Percentage Point
Increase In Our Retention Rates. Fourth, We’re Redesigning Remedial Courses. We Know That
Many Of Our Students Come To Us With Deficiencies In The Areas Of Mathematics And English And
We Also Know That The Way Remedial Courses Have Worked For Generations In This Country
Is Really The Graveyard Of College Completion. So We’re Redesigning Those Courses Along
Requisite Models So That Students Are Plunged Immediately Into The College Credit Bearing
Courses With Just In Time Support To Allow Them To Succeed In Those Courses. Fifth And
Then Finally In Our Immediate Horizon Is The Notion That We’re Going To Use Choice Architecture
To Help Simplify The Choices That Our Students Have To Make, So Next Year For The First Time
We Will Be Putting A Large Portion Of Our Freshmen Into Cohorts So That They Will Form
Informal Social Bonds In The Course Of Their Classroom Activity That We Think Will Help
Them To Stick At College Better And Then We’ll Also Be Developing Guided Pathways To Success
Where We Elaborate Very Specific Pathways And Then Make Sure That Our Students Know
What The Pathway Is And Then We Can Evaluate Whether The Students Are On It Or Off It And
Give Them Appropriate Support. We’re Also Working On Connecting With Our Community,
You May Hear A Little Bit More From That As We Go Along.
Great Great Great, I Think That’s A Great Sort Of Menu There Of Supports And Services
That Are Key, That Are Important. One Of The Things We’ve Also Learned I Think Is In
Many Ways I’ve Heard Folks In Higher Ed Often Talk About The Fact That Essentially
If We Wait Until The Student Sets Foot On The Campus That First Day. In Sometimes We
Are Already Too Late, That Really The Most Effective Way Is To Ensure Not Just Access
But Completion Is Really To Start Before That. And So I Want To Turn To LASER If I Could
And Ask You All To Talk A Little Bit About Your Mentoring Program Because My Understanding
Is That You’ve Reached Down Into The High Schools, And I Think Even Some Middle Schools
To Help Really Sort Of Start Building That Pathway For Students Long Before They Move
On To Your Campus. So Can You Talk A Little Bit About That? Yeah. So As Many Of Us Know The Midwest And The South Are The Areas Where Latino Demographics Are Growing The Fastest. Here In The Midwest, At The Ohio State University, Our Experience
Has Been In The Community And In High Schools Already Starting Of Course In Elementary Schools Is
That The Infrastructure Is Not Equipped To Allow For Success When It Comes To Latino
Students. It Could Be Things Like Lack Of Bilingual Resources, Teachers, Lack Of Counselors,
All The Way Through But It’s Also A Mindset And A Narrative, You Guys Brought Up Mindset.
It’s Not That There Aren’t Good People Out There. It’s Just That They Have Never Had To Think
About Latinos Before. So Part Of Our Mission, Part Of Our Program Has Been To Go As Deep
Into The Sort Of Earlier Educations As We Can. We, You Know, We Aren’t Limitless In Our
Resources So We’ve Been Moving Into Middle School Especially With The Siblings Of Those
Who Are In The High School LASER Program, But That Hasn’t Been Very Successful, So That’s
Kind Of Where We’re At. They Also Include Some Of The Other Elements That Everyone Has
Been Talking About, Bringing The Parents To Campus, Having A Pan Dulce Night, Having A
FAFSA Workshop Night Where The Students Don’t Leave Until The FAFSA Is Completed. Other
Things, But I Can Also Pan This Over Really Quickly. We Have For Instance, Indra Leyva Has
Started An Initiative Here Through The Multicultural Center To Actually Have An Orientation For
Latino Freshmen. Did You Want To Say Something? So, We’re Working On That To Actually Create
A Stronger Community, Also To Create The Connections Between Undergrad Students And Upper Level
Undergraduate Students With The Freshmen And Also With Transfer Students So We’re Working
On That. Because We’re Seeing An Increasing Number
Of Latinos Coming In To The University. Great. Thank You. And In Fact, The Folks At
LASER Just Shared, Just Mentioned, You Know This, This Issue, This New Concern About Sort
Of Growing Populations In New Areas And So For That, I Wanted To Turn Over To SLI Down
At The University Of North Carolina In Chapel Hill Because You All, I Know, Also Are Sort
Of What We Like To Refer To At The Initiative As Sort Of An Emerging Community. A Place
That’s Experiencing New And Recent And Sometimes Very Significant Growth In Latino Population.
It’s A Place That Hasn’t Historically Had Large Latino Population. So I Wonder If
You All Could Share A Little Bit About Sort Of The Social Supports, About Some Of The
Ways In Which You Acknowledge And Help Support The Identity Formation Of The Students Who
Come To Your Campus. No, Absolutely And You Got It Absolutely Right.
They, The Demographics In North Carolina Have Quickly Been Transforming Over The Last Two
Decades And, And We’re Really Seeing That Firsthand In Our Educational System. And So, Simply Put, SLI’s In The Business Of Creating Social And Cultural Capital, And I Think That’s
Really Key To Get Our Students Through High School Into College And To Succeed In College.
And So, Some Of The Support Systems That We Really Create Are Formal Through Engagement
With Institutions Like UNC. But So Much Of It Is Informal, Like The Mentors That You
See Behind Me. They All Play A Key Role In Really Engaging With Students Beginning In
High School And Really Carrying Them Through Three Years Of Life Together. Where By The
Time They Are Graduated From High School, So Are Our Mentors. And While Our Formal Programming Ends There, The Informal Support Networks Continue Thriving. So Many Of Our Students
Go On To Their Professional Careers And Continue Mentoring Them Through Their College Careers.
The Second Part Is Acknowledging That The Informal Support Networks Isn’t Enough, Of
Course. The Institutional Support, Like We’ve Heard From So Many Institutions Here Is Critical,
And So With SLI, We’re Also Looking To Acknowledge What It Looks Like To Support Students In
Their First And Second Year Of College Where They Really Do Need That Skill-Building And
Life Skills Support. And Then Help Them With The Goal-Setting And Their Planning
For Their Futures, The Same Way We Did In High School By Connecting Them To Graduate School.
I Think The Whole Idea Of Being Able To See Yourself In A Position Later In Life Is Really
Key To Help Continue These Students Going. So When We Talk About Identity Formation,
It’s Just Really Powerful To Be Able To See A Diverse Group Of Students, Like The
Ones You See Behind Me, For Our High School Students And College Students And Be Able
To Show Them That Yeah, There Are Students Like You Who Will Continue Persisting Through
College And To Future Professions. That’s Great. Thank You Very Much. And So,
One Of The Things We Also Know Is That Even As We’ve Heard From A Number Of The Presenters
Already, There Is A Need To Support The Students Once They Get There To Help Them Navigate
Through That Intentionality, The Mentoring, Etc. Even With All Of Those Supports Ready
To Go And In Place, We Know That Unfortunately, There’s Still A Number Of Students Who Arrive
To College, Frankly Not Yet College-Ready. Right. They End Up Needing To Be Referred
To Either Remedial Education. They Need Additional Supports In Order To Be Able To Persist And
To Succeed. And So I Want To Turn To UTRGV. That Even Though You’re A New Campus, I
Know That That’s Something That You’ve Worked To Address Consciously. So I’m Wondering
What Are Some Of The Things, What Are Some Of The Measures You All Take When You, When
You Have That First Incoming Cohort Of Students, And, And Some Of Them Are Needing Sort Of
That Extra Support, That Added Support, In Order To Get Them Frankly On Track Towards
Graduation. Okay, Perhaps The Most Fundamental Thing About
Our Approach To Working With Students Who Aren’t Yet College Ready Is That We Really
Do Believe That All Students Who Are Admitted To UTRGV Are Capable Of Doing College Level
Work And Succeeding. And That’s Really Important. It Seems Like Something That You Should Say
Of Course, But I Think It’s Really Fundamental To What We Do. And So We Approach All Of Our
Students As Scholars Capable Of Doing Incredible Work If We Give Them The Kind Of Support That
We Need. And Part Of That Involves Having Really High Expectations For Them, Rigorous
Curriculum, And Really Strong Faculty Who Work For Them, And We Have Seen For Many Years
Now That Our Students Really Do Rise To Those Expectations. And So There Are Three Main
Things That We Do. The First One Is, Is In Response To A Relatively New Law In Texas,
We’ve Created College Prep Courses In English And Math For High School Seniors, Who, They’ve
Passed Their State-Mandated Exams, But They’re Still Not College Ready. And So Our Approach
Has Been Unique, In That We’ve Employed A Regional Strategy Where We Work With All
Of The Higher Eds In The Valley And Over Thirty-Five Local School Districts To Design These Courses
That Give Students Individualized Feedback And Again, Just In Time Feedback On Their
Work So That Hopefully By The Time They Graduate From High School, They’ll Be College Ready.
And We’ve Been Able To Provide Professional Development For Those Teachers And Other Resources.
And The One Thing That We’re Really Proud Of Is That This Course Has A Zero Cost For
Our School Districts, So That’s Really Really Important In The Valley In Particular. And
Another Success That We’ve Experienced Is Our Jumpstart Summer Bridge Program, And This
Program Is Required For All Of Our Incoming Students Who Are Not Yet College Ready, But
They’ve Been Admitted, So They Come In In The Summer, And They Take A Course With Us.
Sometimes If They’re Not College Ready In All Of The Areas, They Take Two Courses With
Us. And We Recruit Our Best Teachers, I Think This Is Another Key Thing That We Do, Is Not
Putting The Least Prepared Teacher Into The Course With The Students Who Need Developmental
Ed, And So We Design A Curriculum That Will Lead Them Directly Into Their First Credit-Bearing
Course. And A Key Feature Of This, And Our Pass Rates Are In The Eighty Percentile Range,
So They’re Very High, And That’s Something We’re Really Excited About. Is We Have Embedded
Tutors And Embedded Peer Mentors In This Program, So They, They Work With Them On Everything
That’s Happening In The Class, And Then They’re Also Helping Them Sort Of Navigate
The Institution As Well. And Then Finally, As One Of The Other Institutions Mentioned,
We Have A Long History Of Doing Co-Requisite Developmental Education In English. We’ve
Been Doing It Probably More Than Seven Years. And Again Our Pass Rates In That, That Area,
Are Anywhere From Eighty-Two To Ninety Percent, So Something Very Exciting. And During The
Long Semesters, We Offer Nothing But Co-Requisites With Developmental Education, So Everyone
Has To Go Through That. Again, They Are Doing The Work Of The Credit-Bearing Class. We Have
Really Good Teachers That We Put Into Those Classes, And We Support Them As An Institution
In Continuing To Learn How It Is That They Can Use Their Disciplinary Expertise To Teach
Students Who Are In Transition And Who Have Historically Struggled In One Of Those Areas. That Is Great. Thank You Very Much. That’s
I Think A Really Great Summary And Overview Sort Of Of All The Different Work That You Do. And I Really Want to Appreciate And Acknowledge Sort Of Your Comment About The Expectations
At The Outset Of Your Remarks, Because Your Response Because That’s Something We See
And Know About. That’s A Critical Factor, It’s Talked About In The K-12 Space. But
I’m Not Sure How Much That’s Discussed In Higher Ed. And I Think, Like You Said,
I Mean Once You Say It, People Sort Of Say Of Course, But I Think It, It Absolutely Bears
Saying For Folks To Be Deliberate And Explicit. And In Fact To Communicate That Message To
The Students. Right? So That Students Understand That Folks Have Those High Expectations
For Them. Rather Than, I Think, Sometimes Intentional Or Unintentional, The Sort Of Sink Or Swim
Mentality, That Sometimes Is The Message That Students Get When They Get To Higher
Ed. The Idea That They Have To Sort Of You Know, Produce Or It May Be Too Much For
Them. So Thank You For That. Absolutely. So, We’ve Heard From A Number Of The Presenters,
And We’ve Sort Of Really Talked About Sort Of Getting Folks On Track, But Now, As Folks
Have Mentioned And Alluded To. The Idea Is Not, Obviously Not Just Getting Them To College,
Not Just Getting Them To Stay In College, But To Finish And In Fact Go On To That Next
Step Into Careers That Are Going To Help Them Support Their Families. And So What I Want
To Do Now Is Turn Over To Rutgers University Because You All, I Think, Are Really Tapping
Into A Need That Our Economy, That Our Nation, That Society Really Has, Which Is Sort Of
The STEM Field, Right? And You All Have Had From What It Sounds Like You’ve Had
Some Really Tremendous Success In Really Helping Latino And Other Students Get Into STEM Careers
And STEM Majors, Complete Their STEM Majors, Even Go Onto Advanced Degrees. So Talk To
Us A Little Bit About What It Is You’ve Done To Be Able To Sort Of Really Produce
Those Really Great Results And Increased Dramatically The Number Of Students Going
Into STEM Majors And Onto STEM Careers. Okay, Thank You. Well, The Big Thing Is For
Rutgers Newark Is, Has Been Ranked The, The Most Diverse College Or University In The
United States Ever Since The Category Existed. So For Eighteen Years, We’ve Been The Most
Diverse Campus. In Addition, We’re An Emerging HSI, So We Have, There’s A Lot Of Stuff
On Campus Already To Help Students Through. So We Want, We Wanted To Do Was To Pinpoint
Certain Areas To Help People Through. And I’m Going To Just Talk About Two Of Them
That We Really Have Found To Be Very Useful. And The First One Is, Is That We Have There’s,
What, Thirty-Five Hundred LSAMP Scholars In The Whole Program And Another Six Hundred,
We Have A Lot Of Students. So What We Wanted To Do Is To Try To Get Programs Where We Could
Because We Can’t Give Them Such Individualized Attention, So We Have Fine Programs, Especially
Using Online Availability Of Programs To Try To Help These Students. So One Of The
Things We Used Was We Vet These Programs, We Find Out How They Can Best Serve Our Students,
And We Put Them In Place. And We Put Them In Place. So One Of The Places
Obviously Is Math. So What We Found Was, We Modified This ALEKS Online Program. And We Took
A Bunch Of Students – We Started Out With 28 Here, All With A 1.8 GPA – We Gave Them
A Short Summer Program. And The Next Semester, They Have A 3.45 In Math. And, In
Fact, I Have One Student Here – Who’s Trisha Defretus. She Just Went Through The Program, So You Can Tell Them How That Helped You.
A Little Bit More About The Program – I Really Was Bad At Math. I’m One Of Those
Persons That Do Not Like Math At All. So I Failed Pre-Calc
Twice Before I Knew About This Program. And I Recently Just Took Pre-Calc Again. But
Before I Took Pre-Calc, I Took The Program Over The Summer – It Was 6 Weeks Long. I
Was Here On Campus, Even Though It Was Online, I Felt Like I Was Still In A School
Environment Because I Was A Summer RA. So I Took The Class, Or The Program Over The Summer And Then, I Went Straight Into Pre-Calc The
Next Semester And I Passed With A B+. That Was Like The Moment I Was So Happy Passing
With That Grade. So It Really Helped Me To Just Improve The Way I Looked At Math – Instead
Of Just Thinking, “Oh, I Don’t Like Math. I Really Hate This, How Math Is.” It Made
Me Appreciate Math More, The Way The Program
Was Set Out. And It Made Me Understand It More. And In That Way, I Did Really Good And
I Got A B+. That’s Great. So That’s One Of The Things, And The Other Thing We Use A Lot Is To Get Students Involved In Research
Experiences. And, In Fact, Between The LSAMP And B2B, We Sponsored 262 Research
Experiences. Sixty-Five Where We Took Community College Students And Brought Them Onto
College Campuses To Do Research With Faculty. And At The End, They Present Their Findings
At A Conference – A Research Conference At The End Of The Year. And, In Fact, We Had
Senator Cory Booker Came And Gave The Keynote. We Had 1,000 People, And I Want
To Have Luciana Lantiqua – Who Also Participated – Tell You About That. So I Had
The Opportunity To Do Research Ever Since My Second Semester In High School. And Right
Now, I’m In My Second Semester Of My Junior Year, I Mean College. So I’ve Already Been
Doing Research For About Two Years Now, Not Only Was I Exposed To It Through The
LSAMP Program, But I Actually Got To Present And Get A Lot Of Feedback. So When I Go
Back To Research The Next Semester, I’ll Be Able To Improve What I Did Wrong And
Hopefully Get Published. So Not Only Was The Exposure To Research Great For Me Because
I Got To See What I Look, What I Don’t Like
About Research, But It Helped Me Build My Career Already – From In College, I’m
Able To Get Published, Put That On My Resume And
Continue In My Interest Field. Great. And In A Few Years, You Can Teach At One Of These
Universities. That’s The Plan. I Believe Marco Is Going To Lead Us Into Our Next Speaker.
Yeah, And One Last Thing I Wanted To Mention – And Thank You For Bringing This Up In
Talking About The Involvement Of Students In Research, Rutgers. I Know That UTRGV Also
Actually Does Some Work With, They Have An Office Of Undergraduate Research. So We
Might Come Back To Them In A Little Bit And Have Them Share How That Sort Of Helps
Enhance The Experience. But Before We Do That, We’ve Got More Presenter Who Hasn’t
Gotten A Chance To Speak. And I’ve Sort Of Saved Them For Last Because In Some Ways,
Looking At Some Statistics, This Campus May Have What Some Might Say, “Figured It Out.”
According To The Data That We’ve Received, It Seems That The University Of California
– Riverside Has, In Fact, Achieved Parity In
Graduation Rates. You Mentioned That At The Beginning In Your Introduction. So I Want
To Turn It Over To You And To Ask You All About,
Sort Of What It Is You Think That Was Sort Of The Magic Ingredient. You Closed The
Graduation Gap Between Latino Students And White Students. Is There Things That Jump
Out To You From All The Different Bright Spot
Groups Just Mentioned? Or Is There Added Something Extra That Folks Need To Keep In
Mind? What Is It That Helps Round Out That Menu Of Ingredients As Bea Was Talking That
Has Really Helped You Achieve That Success That Other Schools And Other Organizations
Could Really Learn From And Incorporate Into Their? Okay, Thank You, Marco. I Think The
First Thing To Realize Is That There Is No Such
Thing As A Magic Bullet. That It Really Takes A Number Of Partnerships Working Together
In Concert If You Truly Aim To Succeed. And So
This Has Not Been A Short-Term Effort. This Has Been An Effort Ever Since, Really, UCR
Was Founded. It Has Valued Diversity From Its
Beginnings. It Has, For A Longtime, Been HSI Serving Institution, As Well As An Institution
That Values All Cultures Within It. And So, You Know, Understanding That There Are Differences In Student Preparation, Differences in Cultures,
And Using That Truly As – Recognizing That As
Power, And Not As A Deficiency, But Understanding That There Are Differences Is, I Think, A
Key Starting Point. So, To My Left, I Have A Number Of People Who Have Taken Various
Pieces Of This Puzzle, Working Together. And So I Would Like Them To Share Briefly Their
Parts Of This Puzzle. So One Of The Big Challenges For First-Generation Students Is That First
Year Because They’re Coming Out Of Homes And Families Where They Haven’t Had Too
Many People To Talk To About What It Takes To Be Successful – Not Just In College,
But In Particular, In Demanding STEM Majors. And
So, We Focus A Lot On The Freshmen Students And Getting Them Off On The Right Start So
They Don’t Stumble That First Year. We’ve Done That By Running Freshmen Learning Communities For Many Years Now, Where We’ve Put
The Freshmen In Groups Of 24 And We Give Them A Lot Of Support To Help Them Gel Into
To Basically, A Self-Supporting Family. An Academic Family, If You Will, That Helps Them
Survive That First Year. And The Components Of This Are Each Important, And I’m Not
Sure Which Of Them I Could Single One About, But
It’s The Combination Or The Constellation That’s Important. So These 24 Students Are
Enrolled In The Same Class All Year Long In Their
Freshmen Year. So They’re Spending A Lot Of Contact Time Together, And That Turns Out
To Be Very Important. They Bond, And Form A Self-Supporting Network By Doing That. So Those Contact Hours, You Know, You Might Be
In A Class Of 500 Students But The Same 24 Students Are There With You All That Time
And You Form A Social Group. We Give Them Peer Tutoring In Those Classes, And That Turns
Out To Be Very Important. Two Hours A Week Of Peer Tutoring With A Junior Or Senior Who’s
Been Successful In That Class – That’s A Role
Model For You Right There To Look At. And You Can Say “I Want To Be That Person In
Two Years.” And That’s Very Important, And
The Students Report This – That They Really Like The
Peer Mentoring A Lot. We Put Them In Contact With A Faculty Member In This Small Group
Of 24 Students. They Get To Learn What UC Faculty Are Like, And That They Are Not Just
Focused On Teaching But That They’re Very Focused On Research. And That’s Really
Important For A First-Generation Student To Understand That About UC Faculty, Here At
A Tier-One Research Institute. We Give Them
An Hour A Week Of Very Focused Academic Advising, They Get To Learn, To Know, And Trust Their
Academic Advisor. And That Makes Them More Likely To Go To That Advisor If They Start
Finding Themselves In Difficulties Later On. And Then
Finally, This Is The Component That I Think Probably Has The Most Long-Term Impact. We
Give Them A Taste Of Doing Research In Their Freshmen Year. We’ve Heard Many Of The Other
Institutions Talking About That. That Experience, In Doing Research At A Tier-One University
Really Helps Cement Their Interest In The Subject Matter. And It Reinforces Their Confidence
In Their Ability To Go Onto Graduate School Or A Professional School And Go Off Into A
Profession. And That’s Really Important. And So The Net Effect Of These Freshmen
Learning Communities Over The Several Years We’ve Been Planning This, They’re Starting
To Produce Graduation Rates Of 60-65% In STEM
For Example. These Are Five Year Graduation Rates With Our Population Of Students Who
Are More Than 50% First Generation And Almost 50% Pell Grant Eligible. So I Think The Freshmen
Year Efforts Have Been Important, And Then We’ve Had Several Other Support
Programs In Their Later Years That Also Add To This Whole Constellation That We Think Is Working. That’s Great. Awesome. Thank You
Very Much. Maria, Would You Like To Talk A Little
Bit About Some Of Our Support Programs? Absolutely. So Once… As We’ve Explained,
Students Have Start Their Research Here Early On.
When They Come To Me, They Come To Me Between. This Is… It’s A Program That Has Been
In Existence – Soon We’ll Been Celebrating Our 29th Year. So We Think We Have It Figured
Out. And It’s A Great Program Because Not Only, It Has Service And Leverage For
Other Programs On Campus. So The Students Start
Research With Us For A Period Of Eight Weeks… Not Only Are They Paired With A Faculty Mentor,
But We Take It A Little Bit Further And We Have Mandatory GRE Preparation Classes As
Well As Professional Development Weekly Courses. The Program Differs A Little Bit
In That There’s More Accountability. The Students
Are Paid A Stipend. And If They Don’t Obtain The Classes, Then Their Stipend Will Be
Docked. So That’s A Very Big Incentive Right There For Students To Maintain. In Terms Of
Students Who Have Gone Onto Pursue Graduate Degrees, And Some Of Course, Invariably, Seek Out Professional
Degrees – Medical Or Law, But My Calculations For The 29 Years
About 80 Members Have Gone On To Pursue Phds And I Think This Is Thanks To The Programs Like
Dr. McKinley To My Left Mentioned, That It’s Very Early On. And When You Expose The Students To Research
And It’s Just That Lightbulb Goes On And Ignites That Passion For Research. They’re More Likely
To Stay On With The Program. Some Will Love It And Some Will Say, “This Is Not For Me.” But
Regardless It’s An Investment Of 8 Weeks Versus Having Done Graduate Studies And Having To Drop
Out. You Know And We Have To Just Give Thanks To The Faculty Who Are So Invested In Our Students
And They’re So Approachable And Make Students Feel So At Home. And They’re So Willing To Share Their Knowledge.
Great, Great, Thank You Very Much. So We Are Gonna Need To Advance Since We Have
A Few Minutes Before The Hour Is Up And It’s Clear That Folks At UC Riverside Have A Really
Robust Set Of Services And Support And I Want To Make Sure That Folks Think About And One
Of The Pieces I Did Mention At The Top Of The Hour Is That Folks Should Be Really Thinking
About Engaging These Institutions, Reaching Out To The Organizations To Learn More About
The Programs. One Of The Ideas Behind The Google Hangouts Is For You All To Get To Even
Just Get A Sampling If You Will Of The Great Work That They All Do, To Help Really Build Some Of That Peer Networking, Peer Learning. So We Encourage Folks Viewing And The Presenters To Connect
With Each Other, To Talk More In Depth To Learn What Kind Of Things You Can Adapt Ways Folks May Have Solved Some Of The Issues
Or Instituted Programs That You May Want To Bring To Your Campus Or So On. I Think It
Will Be A Really Great Thing And That’s Part Of The Purpose Of This Google Hangout.
Let Me Turn It Over To My Colleague Bea. And Ask You About First, If From What You Heard
If There Is Anything That Jumped Out At You And Given Your Knowledge And Expertise In
Your Work With Institutions Of Higher Ed, Now In Hispanic Serving Institutions And Even Before And If There Is Anything That Stood Out. Are There Any Other Resources That Folks Should Know.
That Can Really Help Move This Needle On Completion. Thank You. Actually I Want To Thank You, UCR
For Mentioning That They Do Have An HSI STEM Grant From Our Office. This Is Actually The
Grant Program That Our Office Will Be Competing This Year. A Few Of Our Bright Spot Mention Research
Opportunities. In Fact, The HSI STEM And Articulation Program Grant Is The Perfect Opportunity To Help Fund
Those Experiences. This Year, We Will Be Competing $92 Million And We Will Be Awarding Approximately
109 Grants. If You Believe You Are An Hispanic Serving Institution, Be Sure To Check Your
Eligibility To Make Sure That In Fact You Are Designated Hispanic Serving Institution For
2016. Keep In Mind, This Is Something That We Vet Annually So You Want To Make Sure You Are
An HSI For 2016. We Are More Than Happy To Help You Locate That Information. Also As
I Mentioned Earlier, The Office Of Postsecondary Education, Specifically The Higher Education Programs
Division Provides Over 7 Billion Dollars In Funding For Direct Student Support Services,
As Well As Institutional Improvements. We Have A Number Of Programs That Do Not Require You
To Be Designated As A Hispanic Serving Institution That Will Be Competing This Year. TRIO Is
One Of The Programs That We Will Be Competing We Have A Number Of Other Programs Also That
We’ll Have Competitions And If You Are Interested In Finding Out If You Are Eligible For Any
Of These Funding Opportunities As Well As Getting General Information, You Can Always Contact
Our Office As Well As Go To The Department Of Education Website Under Funding Forecast.
There You Will See A Number Of Funding Opportunities, Not Just From Office Of Postsecondary Education,
But Office Of Innovation And Improvement. As Well As The Office Of Elementary and Secondary Education Which Are Great Resources That Can Support A Number Of These Initiatives. Thank You Bea, I Think You Share Some Of The
Great Resources Available That Are Useful. I’m Sure The Institutions Of Higher Ed Are Familiar With This, But For Other Organizations Who May Not Be, There
Is Also A Portion Of The US Department Of Ed’s Website That Specifically Focuses On Student
Aid, Federal Student Aid And Basically Studentaid.Ed.Gov. And If You Go To That Website, You’ll Also
See That They Are Constantly Updating Information. There’s Videos, There’s Fact Sheets, There’s
Lots Of Information Because We Know, Bringing It Full Circle, We Know That Funding For Higher
Education, Post-Secondary Education Is A Really Critical Need For A Lot Of Communities, A
Lot Of Students In Our Communities, And So We Definitely Encourage You To Take Advantage
Of It To Take A Look At The Resources And Ways We Can Get The Information Out Into The
Hands Of Latino Students And Families. One Last Point I Wanted To Share Before We Conclude
Here, We Did Get A Comment From Twitter Worth Mentioning And Food For Thought And We Can
Continue The Conversation Via Social Media, And That’s It’s Also Important That We
Heard Tremendous Ideas And Tremendous Experiences In Practice In Terms Of The Works Organizations
Are Doing, In Terms Of The Work That Institutions Are Doing Which They Really Achieve Tremendous
Results With Very Few Resources, But There Is Also The Need To Look At The Broader Policy
Strategies, The Broader Policy Ideas That Can Really Help Create The Environment To
Help Smooth The Way Or Help Reduce Some Of The Challenges And Barriers That Students
Face Or Even That Institutions Face In Trying To Support Students Adequately And So One
Of The Things We Encourage You To Share Are Those Thoughts And Ideas And Input That We
Can Share With Our Colleagues Here At The U.S. Department Of Education, At The White
House Domestic Policy Council About The Sort Of Policy Solutions, Changes That We Need
In Order To Help Facilitate Students. So With That, We Are Going To Wrap Up. I Want To Thank
My Colleague Bea Ceja, I Want To Thank All The Outstanding Bright Spot Organizations
Who Joined Us Today, Shared Your Expertise, Your Knowledge And Definitely Want To Thank
Everyone Who’s Been Watching The Livestream. We Want To Remind You That These Are Some
Of Our Bright Spots In Hispanic Education Doing Tremendous Work, But If You Know Of Other
Groups Doing Good Work To Support Educational Attainment Of Hispanics And Everything From
Cradle To Career, From Early Childhood And On Through Postsecondary And Adult Education
And Everything In Between. We’d Love To Hear About Them. We Are Growing Our Bright
Spots In Hispanic Education Catalog. There Is An Opportunity For Folks To Submit More
Organizations To Be Recognized. We Want To Give Credit Where It Is Due To The Folks Doing
Outstanding Work In Local Communities To Help Advance Hispanic Academic Achievement.
So You Can Visit Our Webpage At Ed.Gov/Hispanicinitiative For Further Work About This Initiative, To
Look At The Full Bright Spots In Hispanic Education Catalog, For How To Nominate A New Organization
To Be A Bright Spot And Soon, You’ll Be Able To Go To Our Website And Find The Recording
Of This Google Hangout. You’ll Be Able To See This Video And More Importantly To Share
It With Folks Who Weren’t Able To Join Us Today With Your Colleagues. Again, There’s
So Much Valuable Information. In Fact Our Entire Series Of Google Hangouts Will Be Up
As Soon As They Are Ready. So Please Do Check Back On Our Website So You Can See That And
Get It Out To More Hands And Before More Eyes. We Look Forward To Our Next Google Hangout
Conversation Which Is Going To Take Place On Wednesday, February 17th, We’ll Have
The Session Conducted In Spanish This Time With A Group Of Bright Spots Doing Great Work
In Supporting Family Engagement In Education For Latinos. So With That, Thank You Once Again, Muchas Gracias A Todos. We Look Forward To Talking To You Again Soon And Once Again Thank You Very Much To Our Bright Spots For Not Just Sharing Your Knowledge And Expertise Today But In Fact
For The Great Work That You Do For So Many Students Each And Every Day. Thank You

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