FSU program recognized by Excelencia in Education

The 2018-19 Promesa Scholars Program cohort stands with FSU provost Paul Blake (left) and president David Eisler (back right). The program was recognized by Excelencia in Education for promoting Latino success in higher education. (Courtesy photo)

BIG RAPIDS —Ferris State University’s Promesa Scholars Program was honored in an official announcement Thursday, Aug. 8, for being one of the top programs of its kind to use evidence-based practices to accelerate Latino student success in higher education.

The program, which is part of The Center for Latin@ Studies, was recognized in the baccalaureate category by Excelencia in Education, an organization that works to enhance the experience of Latino college students.

“The Promesa Scholars Program has continued to evolve over the last five years to better serve our Ferris students,” Kaylee Burke, executive director of FSU’s Center for Latin@ Studies, said. “We’re so excited to be recognized for the hard work of Ferris State University and the students in the program.”

The Promesa Scholars Program, the only Excelencia in Education finalist from the upper Midwest, provides access to resources and opportunities that help Latino students become career-ready graduates.

“The program has been successful in listening to student stories to identify the gaps where Latino students are struggling and succeeding,” Burke said. “We’ve also analyzed institutional data to help evolve our program to meet student needs while building on the cultural identity and strength of our students and community.”

This year, Excelencia in Education received 166 program nominations from 32 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Programs were recognized in four categories, which are associate, baccalaureate, graduate and community-based organizations.

The final winners of each category will be announced Thursday, Oct. 24, at Celebración de Excelencia, an event that will take place in Washington D.C.

Regardless of who wins first place in the baccalaureate category, Burke said she is proud of what the program has achieved and plans on celebrating the recognition.

To find out more about the finalists, visit edexcelencia.org.

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