Washburn recognized for supporting Latino students

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Washburn University is being recognized for its work helping Latino students succeed.

Excelencia in Education, an organization that promotes Latino student achievement, has named Washburn's Ichabod Success Institute as a finalist for their Examples of Excelencia award.

"Washburn has been nominated in the associate category due to the efforts of faculty and staff who help students through our Ichabod Success Institute," Dr. Alan Bearman, dean of University Libraries and the Center for Student Success and Retention, said. "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 supports students from the summer before their first semester through the two years it takes to get an associate's degree. The program helps students financially, personally, and academically.

In May 2019, the Ichabod Success Institute more than doubled the national on-time graduation rate for an associate's program.

Excelencia in Education recognizes four programs from 32 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico, every year, one for each category of associate, bachelor, graduate, and community.