Carlos Albizu University (CAU)-Miami, located in one of the most highly populated Hispanic communities in the nation, is an open-access, private, nonprofit university that serves nearly 500 undergraduate students each year. In recent years the university has undergone a transformation unlike most higher education entities: it has gone from providing only graduate education to expanding the higher education pipeline through the addition of undergraduate programs (Bachelor degrees and a newly approved Associate degree). This has been a logical progression for an institution located in a metropolitan area that ranks third in number of immigrants with legal permanent resident status and first in percent of foreign-born residents, with the vast majority being of Hispanic origin. This demographic portrait points to the growing need for entry-level higher education opportunities founded on sensitivity to the needs and socio-cultural characteristics of the area’s Hispanic population—the very principles upon which Carlos Albizu-Miranda founded the university that bears his name.
Over the life of the grant, Carlos Albizu University proposes to:
1) Redesign English as a Second Language (ESL) and Developmental English with a computer lab component and Basic Algebra/Arithmetic with a computer lab component;
2) Develop new general education science courses (biology, anatomy and physiology, fundamentals of physics and chemistry);
3) Develop two Bachelor’s of Science concentrations (Health Psychology and Forensic Psychology); and
4) Expand instructional facilities, adding five classrooms, two science labs, a prep lab, a language lab for English Language Learners, and a math/open computer lab.
Otero Junior College, CO
Grant Type: Individual Development Grant
Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado, is a public, Hispanic-serving, two-year degree granting college that serves approximately 1,600 students in rural southeastern Colorado. Otero Junior College’s service area is among the most economically-depressed in Colorado, with median incomes far below the state average. Based on the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hispanic population