The Seal of Excelencia is a new voluntary certification for institutions serving Latino students that will facilitate institutional change to close equity gaps and significantly increase Latino student completion and will assist Latino students in making postsecondary education choices. The Seal signals that an institution has developed a comprehensive and systemic approach to accelerating Latino student success and seeks to raise the bar by which institutions are evaluated with regard to serving Latino students.
Four Texas community colleges are among the finalists:
Austin Community College
El Paso Community College
South Texas College
On June 20, Excelencia in Education will live steam the announcement of the inaugural colleges and universities to earn the new certification.
Jerome Drain,Dean of Natural Sciences and Horticulture at Houston Community College and Suzanne Wilson Summers, Special Assistant to the Provost and Professor of History at Austin Community College have been selected as fellows with the American Council on Education for 2019-2020. Drain and Summers will be placed at an institution other than their own, where they will work with a senior leader. Learn more about the ACE Fellows Program.
Achieving the Dream announced Amarillo College as one of the two winners of the 2019 Leah Meyer Austin Award at its annual DREAM conference on February 19 in Long Beach, CA. Amarillo College and Columbus State Community College (Ohio) were recognized for their work measurably improving student outcomes through cultural transformation.
The Texas Success Center recognized five Texas community colleges for their work implementing and scaling mathematics pathways. The awards, given in conjunction with the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, were announced at Texas Pathways Institute #5 on November 14, 2018.