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 For Immediate Release

Excelencia in Education Recognizes Programs in the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology

Left to Right: Dr. Juan Iglesias, Anthony M. Chapa, Excelencia in Education Board Secretary/Treasurer and Executive Director fo Hispanic American Police Command Officers, Rep. Charles Gonzalez (TX), Chairman, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Dr. Mikhail Bouniaev, and Dr. Stephen Rosales.

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – OCTOBER 15, 2012 – The Mathematics and Science Academy and the Computer Information Sciences Department, both in the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, were named as finalists in the 2012 Excelencia in Education Awards that recognize the most effective programs in the nation at increasing Latino student success in higher education.

 Dr. Mikhail Bouniaev, Dean of the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology, Dr. Juan R. Iglesias, Associate Professor and Chair of the Computer and Information Sciences Department, and Dr. Stephen Rosales, Principal of the Math and Science Academy, attended the

Excelencia in Education Celebración in early October that was held in Washington, D.C. They represented the two College of Science, Mathematics and Technology programs that received recognition.

 Bouniaev, Iglesias and Rosales joined eelected officials and other higher education leaders from across the country in Celebración de Excelencia, the capstone of the year’s Examples of Excelencia initiative that is offered in cooperation with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

The MSA and CIS programs were selected among159 competitors as two of 16 national finalists for Examples of Excelencia recognition. Both programs have demonstrated increased academic opportunities and improved achievement for Latino students at the associate, bachelor’s, and graduate levels. 

“It is an honor to be nominated as a finalist,” Iglesias said. “Recent leadership efforts have made it possible to double the graduation rates in the CIS Department at all levels.”

Students attending the Math and Science Academy are working on college courses studies while finishing high school. 

“Our methodologies and curriculum over the past five years are proving to be successful, and we appreciate being recognized, Rosales said. “We hope our best practices will assist others in their efforts.”

The Examples of Excelencia recognition is the only national initiative to systematically identify and honor institution-based programs and departments that demonstrate with evidence that they effectively boost Latino enrollment, performance and graduation. It is supported by ACT, USA Funds, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Southwest Airlines, EduK, Univision Communications and others. 

Excelencia in Education will publish “What Works for Latino Student Success in Higher Education,” a portfolio of hundreds of evidence-based practices that institutions and policy makers can draw on to improve Latino student success.

To download “What Works for Latino Student Success in Higher Education,” which includes detailed information about all of the programs recognized in 2012, visit EdExcelencia.org.

For more information on the UTB Mathematics and Science Academy, call 956-882-5765. For more information on the Department of Computer Information Sciences, call 956-882-6605.

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