October 10, 2017 – The Latino student advocacy group Excelencia in Education has announced its 2017 “Examples of Excelencia.” Bronx Community College’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) was cited for its outstanding, evidence-based results of improved Latino student success. The announcement was made October 5 at the annual Celebración de Excelencia held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Leaders from across the country attended the event — including BCC President Thomas A. Isekenegbe and Dean Francisco Legasa, who has been with the ASAP program since it was launched in 2007.
“BCC is thrilled by this recognition of our commitment to a learning community of diversity and excellence,” observed President Isekenegbe.
Over 1,200 Latino students at BCC have participated in ASAP, which has increased its students’ semester-to-semesterCelebración de Excelencia to 93%, while maintaining a 54% three-year completion rate among enrolled students. This is compared to a three-year graduation rate of 18% among the rest of the student body.
“While angry voices attempt to minimize Latinos’ contributions to our nation, Excelencia in Education brings national recognition and celebrates our contributions,” said Sarita Brown, President of Excelencia in Education.
This year, the Examples of Excelencia were selected from among more than 160 nominations from 25 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.