Lehman College Cited for Academic Success with Latino Students

Lehman College GraduationLehman College’s gains in improving Latino students’ access, retention and academic success in college have been recognized in a new national report by a leading higher-education policy group.

The report, released June 17 by the Washington, D.C.-based Excelencia in Education and entitled “Modeling Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Campus Practices that Work for Latino Students,’’ examined practices at 12 community colleges, colleges and universities with 25 percent or more Hispanic undergraduate enrollment.

“The experience of these institutions, as documented in this report, should help other colleges improve their own records of success in this area,” said Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández, president of Lehman College. “While we are pleased that Lehman has made significant progress, our goal remains nothing less than 100 percent student success.”

Lehman has introduced several programs in recent years to support student achievement, including:

  • an award-winning, nationally recognized Freshman Year Initiative program that offers all first-year students a carefully structured college experience;
  • a program, funded by a Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education, that helps students transition to the upper division of college study; and
  • intensive writing courses that are required of all students within the general education curriculum.

“What we see across the most successful institutions are comprehensive efforts to improve the quality of the academic experience and to meet student needs for a rapidly growing, nontraditional, and diverse Latino population, ” said Deborah Santiago, vice president for research and policy at Excelencia in Education.

Thirty-nine percent of Lehman graduates were Latino in the 2005-06 academic year used in the study.

Last modified: Oct 13, 2011

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