February 5, 2016
Vol. 3, Issue 4
Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Board
Anna U. Bustamante
District 3

Vice Chair
Dr. Yvonne Katz
District 7

Joe Alderete, Jr.
District 1

Asst. Secretary
Clint Kingsbery
District 8

Denver McClendon
District 2

Marcelo S. Casillas
District 4

Roberto Zarate
District 5

Dr. Gene Sprague
District 6

James Rindfuss
District 9

Sami C. Adames
Student Trustee


Dr. Bruce Leslie
Alamo Colleges
Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College One of the Nation's Top 100 Minority Degree Producers
Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College has been recognized
as one of the nation's Top100 minority degree producers.

Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College (NVC) is among the nation's top 100 minority degree producers, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. Northwest Vista has made the list since the rankings began in 2010. The Diverse Top 100 Minority Degree Producers rankings are compiled each year according to the number of degrees awarded to minority students. The publication this year focused on the achievements during the 2013-14 academic year, comparing them to the previous year. 
For Hispanic students, NVC is ranked seventh nationally for both business administration, management and operations degrees as well as computer and information science and support services degrees. NVC ranked sixth nationally for psychology degrees awarded to students of two or more races and ninth nationally for education degrees for Hispanic students. 

NVC was ranked 18th nationally for all disciplines for Hispanic degrees awarded. Also reported for these categories was the percentage of minority graduates. For example, 68% of education degrees and business administration, management and operations degrees awarded in 2013-2014 at NVC were awarded to minority students. Fifty-six percent of all degrees awarded were presented to Hispanic students.

Fulbright Scholars Visit Two of the Alamo Colleges
Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College recently welcomed
Fulbright Scholar DK Wu (third from right), and Alamo Colleges -
St. Philip's College Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence Yvonne and
Richard Naylor (fourth and fifth from right).

On January 26, Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College (NVC) hosted Fulbright Scholar DK Wu, managing director of the Chinese Association of American Community Colleges (CAACC).

Wu met with key NVC leaders, faculty and staff and district international programs staff, as well as the two Fulbright Scholars from Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College (SPC). Richard and Yvonne Naylor are the Fulbright Scholars-in-Residence at SPC. They are participating in the globalization efforts of the college by sharing their fifty years of experience as part of the Corrymeela Community and learning about multi-cultural relations in San Antonio. They are giving lectures for students, engaging with faculty members and reaching out to community organizations, professional and religious groups, K-12 schools and other colleges and universities in the San Antonio area.

The meetings at NVC were part of the research Wu is conducting to examine the feasibility and benefits of Chinese students studying at U.S. community colleges and transferring to four-year universities in the U.S. He is also researching the feasibility and benefits of American community college graduates transferring to four-year Chinese universities to obtain their bachelor degrees.  Wu was particularly pleased with the NVC visit and feels that his findings at NVC were both interesting and encouraging. He believes NVC has a lot to offer international students.

The Alamo Colleges' Alamo University Center has added TexasTech University Health Science Center to its partners.

Alamo Colleges' Alamo University Center Adds New University Partner

The Alamo Colleges' Alamo University Center (AUC) has added a new university partner, Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC). It joins the other AUC partners, Texas A&M University - San Antonio (TAMUSA) North, Wayland Baptist University (WBU) and the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), which all offer classes at the center. Alamo Colleges recently signed a memorandum of understanding with TTUHSC that allows their students use of the center's state-of-the-art nursing simulation labs. 

The AUC has shown an increase in enrollment from 500 in fall 2015 to 631 in spring 2016. The number of courses offered has increased from 31 to 38.  In addition, workforce programs from Rackspace, I-BEST and the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) are also hosted at the AUC.  Also under the AUC's aegis, coordination of Promise Zone Cycle 3 recruitment and orientation sessions begins in March. For more information on the AUC, click here.

The Alamo Colleges mission is: empowering our diverse communities for success. Our vision is: the Alamo Colleges will be the best in the nation in student success and performance excellence. The Alamo Colleges is one district with five community colleges serving more than 90,000 students annually from Bexar County and seven other counties in our service area. We provide an affordable, quality college education that leads to associate degrees, certificates and transfers to four-year universities. Hundreds of thousands of Bexar County residents who have come through the Alamo Colleges education programs are major contributors to the economy and culture of Sa n Antonio.