POSTED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 10:09pm
EDINBURG, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Elected officials and higher education leaders from across the country came together at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel in Washington, D.C., to honor The University of Texas-Pan American’s Cooperative Pharmacy Program (CPP) with The University of Texas at Austin as America’s top program for increasing achievement for Latino students at the graduate level. UT Pan American was selected from among 165 programs from 22 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, nominated at three academic levels: associate, bachelor, and graduate. Conceived and run by Excelencia in Education, this is the only national initiative to systematically identify, recognize, and catalogue evidence-based programs that improve Latino college success.
The CPP offers a six-year curriculum that leads to earning a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). Students attend UTPA for the first two years, then attend UT Austin's College of Pharmacy for the following two years. They return to the Rio Grande Valley for the final two years to complete their residency work. The program offers two admissions options -- one for high school students and one for students who have completed the majority of their pre-pharmacy requirements at UTPA.
There are currently 66 students enrolled in the CPP from the pre-pharmacy stage to the fourth professional year, Aguilera said.
Today’s announcement event, Celebración de Excelencia, coincided with the release of the 2013 edition of “What Works for Latino Student Success in Higher Education,” a compendium of all 22 recognized programs along with the evidence of their success. Through this annual process, Excelencia in Education continues to grow America’s largest inventory of programs and strategies that education leaders, policymakers, and others tap into to accelerate degree completion among Latinos.
This is the eighth annual release of Examples of Excelencia. Excelencia in Education has systematically reviewed more than 500 programs to identify and recognize over 100 programs and departments that demonstrate with evidence that they effectively boost Latino enrollment, performance and graduation.
Examples of Excelencia is the only national initiative to systematically identify and promote evidence-based programs and departments effectively boosting Latino enrollment, performance and graduation. The 2013 sponsors are ACT, Southwest Airlines, TG, USA Funds, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, EduK, Univision Communications, College Board, Inceptia and New Futuro.