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|Motto||A tradition of learning|
|President||Victor G. Alicea|
|Location||New York City, New York, United States|
Boricua College is a post-secondary educational institution located in New York City in the United States. The college was designed to serve the educational needs of Puerto Ricans and other Hispanics, and was founded by Dr. Victor G. Alicea and several others.
The school employs a largely bilingual faculty and staff of 130 full-time and 100 part-time members. According to its Self Study Report (2014) to the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, in 2012-13 Fall it had 59.5 full-time faculty and 25 part-time adjunct faculty. Over 90% are Latinos. It serves a student population of 1,200.
The college has four campuses: at Audubon Terrace in Washington Heights, Manhattan; in North Williamsburg, Brooklyn; in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn; and in the Bronx. The College offers Associate in Arts degree in Generic Studies - Liberal Arts and Sciences, Associate of Science degree in Paralegal Studies, Bachelor's degrees in Human Services, Childhood Education, Business Administration and in General Liberal Arts. It also offers a B.A. in Inter-American Studies. Boricua offers Master's degrees in Human Services, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) - with an Advanced Bilingual Certificate, as well as a Master's in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Boricua College is accredited by the Middle States Association of College's and Schools. In the spring of 2014 the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC/CAEP) evaluated Boricua College's Audit Brief and recommended it "above standard", for TEAC's three Quality Principles: Candidate Learning, Faculty Learning and Capacity and Commitment of the institution. TEAC/CAEP met and accepted the recommendation and accredited, for the maximum allowable of seven years (Spring 2014 to Spring 2021), the college's Bachelor of Science degree program in Childhood Education that included the Generic Studies Liberal Arts and Sciences core curriculum program, and the Masters in Science degree program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This national achievement compliments the authorization of these programs by the New York State Education Department and the State Certification of the graduates.
Student body and graduation
The college is regarded as "nontraditional" because of its competency based model of education, emphasizing the importance of critical thinking skills and clarification of values and increasing students' capacity for self-reflection. Also, the fact that its student body is 79% adult (over 25 years old with family responsibilities) puts it in the nontraditional category. (James Hall, Access to Freedom, 1993). Hall considers Boricua College as a nontraditional college. In the same book Hall explains that these colleges cater to adult, working students who may take much longer than the six years taken by traditional students to graduate (p. 117).
Boricua College's graduation rate is given by National Center for Educational Statistics, a resource generally used by US Department of Education's office of statistics regarding education, to be 54% among first time college students who entered in 2006 and graduated in 2012. When students who transfer out to other colleges are taken into account, that positive completion rate is given by the National Center as 69%. Further, during the last ten years the College's education department have program completers who pass the New York State Certification exams at more than the required 80%
Boricua College counts New York State Assemblyman Félix Ortiz, a Democrat representing the 51st Assembly District, as one of its alumni. Distinguished Puerto Rican and Nuyorican intellectuals and writers such as Pedro Pietri and Giannina Braschi have given readings of their seminal works to Boricua College students and faculty over the years. Among its faculty figure many prominent writers and poets: Jose Angel Figueroa, Dr. Myrna Nieves and Dr. Nancy Mercado, to name only a few. Recording artist Beyonce is an alum of Boricua. Boricua College was one of the colleges attended by an adult student, Victoria Chase, as she perseveres to succeed in getting her bachelor's.
In January 2000 President Bill Clinton visited the Brooklyn Campus of the College in January 2000 at its Graham Avenue learning center to inaugurate s Small Business Association at the College. Boricua was only one of the two colleges the president visited that were not for Commencement purposes during his eight years at the White House.
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