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I-CARE grant at Texas A&M-Kingsville designated as Program to Watch

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            KINGSVILLE (August 21, 2019) — The Title V I-CARE grant project at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has been designated as a 2019 Program to Watch by Excelencia in Education—an organization aimed at accelerating the success of Latino students in meeting the need for a highly educated workforce.


            This year, Excelencia received 166 program nominations from 32 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Programs are recognized in four categories-associate, baccalaureate, graduate and community-based organizations. Sixteen programs were selected as 2019 Examples of Excelencia finalists and 20 other impactful efforts were recognized as Programs to Watch.


            Since 2005, Excelencia in Education has recognized programs that use evidence-based practices that accelerate Latino student success in higher education through its annual effort, Examples of Excelencia.


            Programs to Watch are promising efforts that serve Latino students in unique, impactful ways and are on their way to meeting the standards of evidence-based practices that Excelencia recognizes as Examples of Excelencia.


            Excelencia brings attention to these programs so that others can learn from their efforts as these programs evolve.


About I-CARE (Integrating a Culture of Academic and Research Engagement)

            I-CARE provides Texas A&M-Kingsville students an opportunity to engage in undergraduate research projects. Since 2016, I-CARE has supported faculty who redesign a course to incorporate an undergraduate research or experiential learning component to the benefit of 952 students who have gained knowledge and skills they would not have gained through regular classes.


            Hispanic program participants in classroom-based undergraduate research have a course passing rate of 94 percent. Promising data shows that Latinos are retained at a higher rate, 38 percent, than their non-participating peers, 23 percent.


            Post survey data shows that 88 percent of participating students strongly agreed that the undergraduate research project provided fundamentals engagement with their professor.


            Dr. Agnes Flores is the project director and Dr. Allen Rasmussen, provost and vice president of academic affairs, serves at the principal investigator.                               


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