Obama Administration lauds UC's commitment to Latino student achievement

Monday, October 19, 2015

The University of California's efforts to streamline the community college transfer process and a pioneering program that launches math and science majors into teaching careers were among several UC programs the White House recognized today (Oct. 15) for investing in high-quality education that will benefit the nation’s Latino community.

Marking its 25th anniversary, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics announced 150 Commitments to Action – leading initiatives in the public and private sector that collectively have invested nearly $340 million to help expand and support educational outcomes and opportunities for Latino students across the country.

The White House recognized UC for its new Transfer Pathways program, an academic roadmap that simplifies the transfer process for California community college students who plan to apply to a UC campus.

UC also was lauded for CalTeach, the systemwide program that strengthens the state’s pipeline of math and science teachers. The university has committed more than $2.2 million to the program, which creates an early pathway each year for 1,700 students, predominantly pursuing STEM majors at nine UC campuses, to explore a career in teaching.

"We're thrilled to be recognized by the White House for our efforts to boost STEM education," said Yvette Gullatt, UC vice provost for diversity and engagement. "Through enhanced outreach and recruitment efforts, this commitment provides up to 250 newly credentialed math and science teachers annually for the next five years who are prepared to meet the educational needs of diverse learners and dedicated to teaching in high-need California schools."

In its announcement, the White House individually named UC Davis, UC Merced and UC Riverside for their commitment to enhancing Latino students’ access to high-quality higher education and optimizing student success.

The UC system plays a leading role among the nation's research universities in serving large numbers of Latino students. In January, UC Santa Barbara was named a Hispanic-Serving Institution, making it the first member of the prestigious American Association of Universities and the fourth University of California campus to earn the designation. The federal government awards the designation to higher education institutions where at least 25 percent of undergraduate students are Latino.

Sue Smith, UC Newsroom, originally published on 10/15/2015.