Valencia Recognized for Accelerating Latino Student Success

Valencia was recently selected as the 2012 Example of Excelencia honoree at the associate level for our work to accelerate Latino student success in higher education through the DirectConnect program.

Examples of Excelencia is a data-driven initiative that recognizes programs and departments with evidence of effectiveness in accelerating Latino student success at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels.

“This honor is recognition of Valencia’s commitment to Latino student success by building pathways for students to complete a bachelor’s degree,” explained Joyce Romano, vice president of student affairs.

The DirectConnect to the University of Central Florida (UCF) initiative is designed to build pathways, reduce barriers and encourage student success. Since the program began in 2006, Valencia Latino student transfer to UCF has increased by 300%, while the number of Valencia transfer students who complete a bachelor’s degree from UCF has increased by 200%.

“DirectConnect includes specific advising, communication, and process improvement to make it easier for students to transfer to UCF,” Joyce said. “Curriculum alignment and course planning makes Valencia graduates’ transition to UCF more successful.”

As a result of this recognition, Valencia’s DirectConnect profile will be included in the 2012 edition of What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education: Examples of Excelencia Compendium and in the Growing What Works database. The college will also receive a check for $5,000.

On Wednesday, October 3, Joyce will represent Valencia and the entire DirectConnect to UCF initiative on a panel at the Accelerating Latino Student Success Workshop in Washington, D.C.

1 Comment

  • Jorge Soto said:

    Big Kudos to Valencia! Dr. Romano: Gracias!!

    PMTue, 02 Oct 2012 21:15:21 +0000Tue, 02 Oct 2012 21:15:21 +0000pm12,9:15 pm

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