Topeka, Kan. – Excelencia in Education has named Washburn University’s Ichabod Success Institute as a 2019 Examples of Excelencia finalist. Excelencia in Education is a national organization that promotes Latino student achievement; Examples of Excelencia is a national effort by Excelencia in Education to recognize and highlight evidence-based practices that work for Latino students in higher education. Washburn is one of 16 finalists selected from more than 166 nominated programs from 32 states, DC and Puerto Rico. Excelencia will recognize four Examples of Excelencia, - one in each of four categories: associate, baccalaureate, graduate and community- October 24, 2019, at their annual Celebración de Excelencia event in Washington, D.C.
Launched in 2004 in the nation’s capital, Excelencia in Education is building a network of results-oriented educators and policymakers to address the U.S. economy’s need for a highly educated workforce and engaged civic leadership. The organization conducts analysis to inform educational policies and advances institutional practices while collaborating with those committed and ready to meet this mission.
“Washburn has been nominated in the associate category due to the efforts of the faculty and staff who help students through our Ichabod Success Institute,” said Dr. Alan Bearman, dean of University Libraries and the Center for Student Success and Retention. “The Ichabod Success Institute helps first-generation, low-income and minority students be successful at Washburn through community partnerships and a summer program.”
The Ichabod Success Institute has more than 50 campus and community partners, including USD 501 Topeka Public Schools. More than a summer bridge program, the Ichabod Success Institute supports students from the summer before their first semester across their first two years of studies at Washburn, leading to an associate’s degree. Program activities, such as the five-week summer experience where students live on campus and take six credit hours for free, facilitate institutional integration, literacy skills and success behaviors, and the creation of a community of learning. In order to help more first-generation, low-income students graduate, the program layers financial, personal, and academic supports.
“The Ichabod Success Institute is transforming the lives of these traditionally underrepresented students by helping our students significantly out-perform national benchmarks in postsecondary retention, persistence, credit completion and on-time graduation,” said James Barraclough, director of Undergraduate Initiatives. “In May 2019, the Ichabod Success Institute more than doubled the national on-time graduation rate for an associate’s programs.”