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September 2014


HACU to Present Awards at Hispanic Higher Education Conference

September 15 - SAN ANTONIO, TX - The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) will present its President's Awards of Excellence during HACU’s 28th Annual Conference, "Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Investing in America's Future," Oct. 4-6, 2014, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado.

"As our nation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities would also like to pay tribute to those in higher education who play a crucial role in educating and ensuring the future workforce of our nation," said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores.

"Each year HACU recognizes individuals and supporters that have made significant contributions to Hispanic higher education success. We wish to congratulate the 2014 honorees of the HACU President’s Awards."

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KPMG Foundation Awards $470,000 in Scholarships to Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholars

SEPTEMBER 11 - MONTVALE, N.J. -- The KPMG Foundation announced it has awarded a total of $470,000 in scholarships to minority accounting doctoral students for the 2014-2015 academic year. The recipients include 11 new recipients and 36 students whose scholarships have been renewed. Each scholarship is valued at $10,000 and is renewable annually for up to five years.

"The KPMG Foundation is proud of the very positive influence it has had in helping to increase the number of diverse faculty members at our nation's colleges and universities," said Jose Rodriguez, KPMG Foundation Chairperson. "The Minority Accounting Doctoral Scholarship will play a critical role in transforming these 47 talented students into educators who will shape tomorrow's business leaders."

Since 1994, the KPMG Foundation has awarded over $15 million to 331 African-American, Hispanic-American, and Native American scholars pursuing doctorate degrees, as part of its ongoing commitment to increase the representation of minority students and professors in business schools. Today, over 220 of those scholarship recipients have successfully completed their doctoral programs and are professors at universities throughout the country.

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Educators, Veterans, Business Leaders, Students Urge Approval of Community College Four-Year Degree Bill

SEPTEMBER 10 - SAN DIEGO – Business leaders, veterans, educators and students gathered today to urge Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval of legislation by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) allowing California’s community colleges to offer four-year degrees.

Block, who authored SB 850, described his measure as a jobs bill. “This is landmark legislation that is a game changer for California’s higher education system and our workforce preparedness,” Block said. “SB 850 boosts the focus of our community colleges on job training now when California faces a major skills gap in our workforce.”

Currently only the University of California and the California State University systems may offer public four-year degrees. Block noted that by 2025 our state will need one million more adults with four-year degrees. “We need to use all of California’s resources – including our community colleges – to close that gap.” He added that more than 20 states since 1970 already allow community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees.

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SEPTEMBER 8 - WASHINGTON, D.C- Despite considerable experimentation aimed at improving access to college and attainment of degrees, the 50 states often have been ineffective in broadening college opportunities and graduation rates for their residents. In many cases, states pursue policies that just don't work, according to comprehensive and ground-breaking analyses by some of the nation's leading experts in the field.

Eleven research papers published in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science examine such state policy initiatives as financing for student scholarships, fiscal responses to the Great Recession, the implementation of "performance funding" to allocate funds to state colleges, the use of "P-20 councils" to align high school curriculum with college readiness and the disparate effects of gubernatorial and legislative leadership.

Taken as a whole, the new research does not paint a pretty picture of the current state of higher education in America.

Edevate and SMC University Partner to Provide an Accredited Associate's Degree Program to Students for Free

SEPTEMBER 5 -- ATLANTA - College dropouts, students attending failing for-profit colleges and those drowning in student debt have a unique opportunity to earn an accredited Associate's degree completely free or at minimal cost. The program's promoters are offering 300 full scholarships to students with a minimum of one year of college and/or 12 college credits while tuition paying students enrolling during the launch promotion will pay total tuition of only $990 or monthly payments as low as $59 a month for 24 months. The program is targeted at over 31 million Americans who have started but never finished a college degree.

The competency based Associate's Degree in Business Administration (B.BA) is being offered by SMC University (SMCU), an international business school whose graduate and doctorate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (www.acbsp.org) a US accreditor recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (www.chea.org).

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As Growth Stalls, Unauthorized Immigrant Population Becomes More Settled

SEPTEMBER 4 - The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States has stabilized since the end of the Great Recession and shows no sign of rising, according to new Pew Research Center estimates. There were 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in March 2013, according to a preliminary Pew Research Center estimate, about the same as the 11.2 million in 2012 and unchanged since 2009. The population had risen briskly for decades before plunging during the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009.

As growth of this group has stalled, there has been a recent sharp rise in the median length of time that unauthorized immigrants have lived in the U.S. In 2013, unauthorized immigrant adults had been in the U.S. for a median time of nearly 13 years—meaning that half had been in the country at least that long. A decade earlier, in 2003, the median for adults was less than eight years.

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Congratulations to the 2014 Winners of the NSHMBA Brillante Awards of Excellence

SEPTEMBER 3 -IRVING, Texas -- For the past 26 years, NSHMBA has recognized corporations and individuals at the highest level in their field. These individuals or corporations are making significant differences in our Hispanic community and their education attainment. This year's winners include:

Brillante Award for Government/Corporate Excellence This category recognizes a corporate or government partner who has a proven track record of success in the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce.

Corporate - GSK and Government - Department of Defense; accepting the award for the DOD, Mr. Clarence A. Johnson

Brillante Award for Education Excellence This category recognizes a higher education staff or institution that advocates on behalf of diverse communities and students.

Dr. Federico Zaragoza – Alamo Community College District

NSHMBA's 25th Annual Conference & Career Expo - NSHMBA will host its Annual Conference and Career Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA September 24-27, 2014. The conference is made possible in part by the support of NSHMBA's co-lead sponsor GlaxoSmithKline and Vanguard; automotive partner Lincoln Motor Company, media partner Comcast, academic lead Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and insurance partner Nationwide Insurance.

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College of Mount Saint Vincent Awarded $2.3 Million in Federal Funding from U.S. Department of Education

SEPTEMBER 2 - The College of Mount Saint Vincent was awarded a Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions federal grant totaling up to $2.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant assists institutions to develop and increase their academic offerings and programs for Hispanic students. The funding will be distributed over a five year grant period, with the first year totaling $458,473.

Nationally, too many Hispanic students who enter college are leaving before they reach their second year—often due to their being underprepared or being insufficiently connected to opportunities like internships, career services, support programs, or advising," says Dr. Charles L. Flynn, Jr., president of the College of Mount Saint Vincent. “At the Mount, we offer supportive services tailored to meet the needs of first generation students and low-income Hispanic students. The results are impressive. The College boasts a graduation rate for Hispanic students that puts us among the nation’s top ten Hispanic-serving colleges, and has the highest graduation rate in the country for Hispanic students majoring in the sciences. But we can do better. We intend to capitalize on that success with the aid of this new federal grant by further strengthening our programs and services for all students including, of course, Hispanic students.”

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