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September 14, 2009: UNC Cumbres Program Earns National Recognition


Cumbres, the University of Northern Colorado's innovative teacher preparation program for students committed to working with Hispanic school children, has been recognized by Excelencia in Education, a leading proponent in the United States for accelerating Hispanic student success in higher education.

The UNC program has been named a finalist in the organization's Examples of Excelencia initiative, which honors programs at the forefront of increasing academic opportunities and improving achievement for Latino students at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels.

Finalists will be recognized Sept. 30 at the annual Celebracion de Excelencia in Washington, D.C., and a winner in each of the three levels will be announced.

All finalists will be included in the 2009 edition of the What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education: Examples of Excelencia Compendium. The publication describes how the 2009 nominated programs achieve positive results and will suggest ways their strategies may be adapted for use in other communities.

The Cumbres program at UNC was established in 1996 when a group of Hispanic alumni expressed concern about the shortage of Hispanic teachers and the dropout rates among Hispanic students. Cumbres, "peaks" in Spanish, currently includes more than 140 students seeking licensure endorsements in bilingual instruction or English as a Second Language.

For additional information, visit http://www.unco.edu/cumbres/index.html.