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December 12, 2014

NJ Revilla-Garcia

HACU Symposium brings 30 institutions together to share best practices on Student Success

A HACU Student Success Symposium brought together representatives from more than 30 institutions to share resources and best practices on student success on Dec. 8, 2014.

The symposium held at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, included the following presentations:
  • “The Use of Technology in Retention - Dashboards and Retention Software,” California State-Fullerton and St. Mary’s University“
  • Freshman Forum - Freshman Year Experience, Orientation, Supplemental Instruction, and more,” New Mexico Highlands University and Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
  • “Fireside Chat: Two Deans of Students Collaborate,” Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and St. Mary’s University
  • “Best Practices in Learning Communities and Developmental Education,”Community College of Denver and San Bernardino Valley College

The afternoon session included a presentation on “Engagement in High Impact Practices: A Case Study,” and expert consulting period. The symposium concluded with a keynote address “The demographic dividend: Opportunities to advance Latina/o postsecondary attainment in the U.S.,” by Anne Marie Nuñez, Ph.D., The University of Texas at San Antonio.

The symposium grew out of a Student Success Collaborative funded by the Walmart Foundation that paired two community colleges, two four-year public institutions and two four-year private institutions, all Hispanic-Serving Institution, in an institutional mentoring program. The aim was for institutions to learn from each other how to better retain and graduate Hispanic students. The original program also involved six Historically Black Colleges and Universities and six Tribal Colleges and Universities in similar mentoring pairs and offered opportunities for all three sectors to learn from each other.

Representatives from the following institutions were among those in attendance at the HACU Student Success Symposium:

Adams State University

Ana G. Méndez University System

Azusa Pacific University

Bronx Community College

California State University-Fullerton

College of Southern Nevada

Columbia Basin College

Community College of Denver

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell

Essex County College

Felician College

Galveston College

Houston Community College

Lehman College - The City University of N.Y.

Mountain View College

New Jersey City University

New Mexico Highlands University

New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University-Grants

Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU)

Phoenix College

San Antonio College

San Bernardino Valley College

Southwestern Adventist Univesity

St. Edwards University

Tarrant County College

Texas A&M University-Kingsville

The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB)

Universidad del Sagrado Corazon

University of New Mexico - Valencia Campus

University of the Incarnate Word

University of the Southwest

University of Texas San Antonio