VCs KEY Center recognized among most effective in nation at increasing Latino student success
Pamela Neuman
Pamela Neuman

Elected officials and higher education leaders from across the country recently gathered in Washington, D.C., to announce the 2015 Examples of Excelencia, America’s top programs that increase higher education achievement for Latino students. Excelencia in Education, the nonprofit that conceived and runs the national initiative, honored Victoria College’s KEY Center as a national finalist among America’s top programs that increase academic opportunities and increase achievement for Latino students. 

VC’s KEY Center was selected from among 265 programs from 30 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, and was one of only five finalists in the Associate Level category. 

Funded by the US Department of Education to serve 160 students each year, the KEY Center at Victoria College is a TRiO Student Support Services program that offers a unique support system to help first-generation, low-income or disabled students successfully complete their degree, certificate or transfer. 

KEY Center Director Pamela Neuman said the national recognition came as exciting news for KEY Center staff and students. 

“Our members, many of whom are Latino, know first-hand how the KEY Center has helped them,” said Neuman, “but it’s exciting for them to see the program being recognized as one of the most effective in the country.” 

Celebrating its tenth year, Examples of Excelencia is the only national initiative to systematically identify and promote evidence-based programs that effectively boost Latino enrollment, performance and graduation. 

As an Associate Level Finalist, the KEY Center is featured in the 2015 edition of “What Works for Latino Student Success in Higher Education,” a compendium of all 20 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. The publication is available for download at

“As one of this year’s Finalists, Victoria College is at the forefront improving higher educational achievement for Latino students, and we congratulate them for their current and continued efforts,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education. “By increasing awareness of top programs like this, informing program strategies and reinforcing investment in what works, Examples of Excelencia is creating new energy and inspiring a network of action-oriented leaders to discover and implement innovations that are effective with Latino and other post-traditional students.”

Examples of Excelencia is presented in collaboration with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The 2015 sponsors are ACT, Comcast NBCUniversal, Telemundo, Univision, DeVry Education Group, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, the Edwin Gould Foundation, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and PG&E Corporation.

Published: Thursday, 01 October 2015

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