Catch the Next, Inc., Named Finalist for Excelencia Award in Washington, D.C

Catch the Next, Inc., has been named a national finalist for the Examples of Excelencia Award, in the community-based organization category for the second consecutive year. Nationally, Catch the Next was selected after a review of 139 nominations from 27 states, DC and Puerto Rico. This award recognizes programs that use evidence-based practices to improve educational achievement for Latino students in higher education.

We have received this recognition because of the hard work of administrators, faculty, staff, and especially our Ascender students, on our college campuses across the state of Texas. Thank you!

Colleges trained in our model include South Texas College, El Paso Community College, members of the Alamo Colleges District-Palo Alto College, San Antonio College, St. Phillips College, and Northeast Lakeview College, Houston Community College, Lee College, Austin Community College District, Lone Star University Park, Eastfield College-Dallas district, and University of North Texas at Dallas

Approximately 150 faculty from these institutions have been trained over the years in CTN's transformative education practices leading to an 83% success rate getting students that are not college ready to succeed and exit developmental education courses.


CTN engages faculty, staff, and administration implementing the program through monthly webinars, ongoing peer mentoring, and a year-long professional development sequence for which participants can receive five hours of graduate credit from UT Austin, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy.

Catch the Next’s partners include the Greater Texas Foundation, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Meadows Foundation, the UT Dana Center, UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the UT College of Education and the Texas Education Research Center.

Excelencia in Education is a Washington, D.C.-based national organization that accelerates Latino student success in higher education by promoting education policies and institutional practices that support academic achievement. Founded in 2004, Excelencia in Education builds educational networks of results-oriented educators and policymakers to address the U.S. economy’s need for a highly educated workforce and civic leadership.

As a finalist, Catch the Next’s Ascender Program is listed in Excelencia’s “Growing What Works Database,” and CTN continues as a member of the Excelencia in Action Network. A national announcement and presentation of Celebración de Excelencia winners is scheduled for October 11 in Washington, D.C.  Program participants will have an opportunity to discuss their program at the Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Institute in Washington, DC, scheduled for October 12.

For more information, please contact CTN CEO, Dr. Maria Martha Chavez at Uj8zIDszfDE6MyQ3KBIxMyYxOiY6Nzw3KiZ8PSA1@nospam  or Director of Peer Mentoring and Operations Manager, Lydia CdeBaca at h+v+4+7mqeTj4uXm5ObH5Obz5O-z7+Lp4v-zqej14A@nospam


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