St. Petersburg College has received national recognition for making significant strides in its effort to increase minority student enrollment and success.
SPC made the list as No. 83 in the Top 100 Four-Year Colleges and Universities Enrollment Undergraduate Degrees by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine in May 2014.
The move to increase Hispanic student enrollment at SPC is underway in light of the recent passage of House Bill 851, more commonly known as the immigrant tuition bill. The bill allows Florida colleges and universities to waive out-of-state fees for undocumented immigrants who attended state high schools.
Stan Vittetoe, Provost at the SPC Clearwater Campus, said the Hispanic population is underserved.
“They make up more than 20 percent of the Clearwater population but represent only 10 percent of our enrollment,” he said.
In 2012, SPC launched The College Experience, a major initiative to increase student success and graduations. While the plan is producing positive results, the greatest advances have been among African-American and Hispanic males.
“All of the components in The College Experience have a demonstrated impact on the success rates of students, particularly minority students,” Vittetoe said.
In addition to these institutional initiatives, the college also is reaching out to the international community, including Hispanics, in a variety of other ways. The most recent outreach activity was the FIFA World Cup viewing party at the Clearwater Campus on June 17. More than 100 community members attended the free event, which was open to SPC students, staff and members of the public.
“We think that these kinds of events will help members of the Hispanic community become aware of the campus and the educational opportunities here,” Vittetoe said.
Success among minority students
Narrowing the Achievement Gap
A comparison of First-Time-in-College male ethnicities shows that the achievement gap between key ethnic groups at SPC is narrowing.