DATE:  November 30, 2004
CONTACT: Dr. Dee Hopkins, Dean, College of Education, (361) 825-2661; Jorge A. Ramirez, Assistant Vice President for Communications, (361) 825-2427
Celebrating Success Dinner to Recognize Participants in Texas A&M System’s Regents’ Initiative for Excellence in Education
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WHO: President Robert R. Furgason, Dean Dee Hopkins, Dr. Robert Maroney, Representative from The Texas A&M University Systems, Representatives and Students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Del Mar College, Coastal Bend Community College and Local School Districts
WHAT: “Celebrating Success” Dinner   

Dinner: Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.
Media Opportunities: Beginning at 7:15 p.m.

WHERE: University Center, Lone Star Ballroom      

The Texas A&M University Systems will recognize Texas A&M University Corpus Christi’s success with the “Regents’ Initiative for Excellence in Education” program during a dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom.

The College of Education, the College of Arts and Humanities and the College of Science and Technology collaborated on the “Initiative” to increase the number and quality of teachers produced and to expand teacher programs to better meet the needs of public schools in Texas.

As a result, the total number of teachers produced annually by A&M-Corpus Christi has increased 86 percent; the number of bilingual/ESL teachers has increased 127 percent and the number of math teachers has increased 200 percent. The performance on the state test for beginning teachers improved from a pass rate of 83 percent to a pass rate of 89 percent in 2004.

Del Mar College, Coastal Bend Community College and local school districts will also be recognized for their participation and accomplishment as part of the “Initiative.”

Following the dinner, A&M-Corpus Christi President Robert R. Furgason, project director Dr. Robert Maroney, and College of Education Dean Dee Hopkins will be available for interviews.