(San Jose, CA) - The National Hispanic University is proud to announce that its founder and first President Dr. B. Roberto Cruz was inducted into the Mexican American Community Services Agency, Inc. (M A C S A) Latino Hall of Fame on June 14, 2008.It was an evening of recognition, elegance and celebration as the Latino community came together to honor the Most Influential Latinos of Silicon Valley and the unveiling of the Silicon Valley Latino Hall of Fame at the 2nd Annual Red Carpet Gala.
Dr. Cruz committed 39 years of his life to educating people and pioneering new ways to reach those who needed it most. He was a visionary leader with boundless energy that was focused on innovative solutions to educational issues facing Hispanics and minorities. In his lifetime, Dr. Cruz established 2 childcare centers, the Latino College Preparatory Academy and The National Hispanic University. For the past 20+ years, these institutions have educated thousands of students and will continue for decades to come.
Dr. Cruz’s research on Historically Black Colleges and Jewish Universities in the 1970’s, identified the framework that made these institutions successful in graduating their students - high expectations, role models and academic support systems. These proven strategies with minority students became the foundation and philosophical approach of The National Hispanic University.
The NHU was established in a two-room building in Oakland, California in 1981 with the purpose of serving the needs of Hispanics, women, minorities and other learners. In 1991, the University moved to San Jose in search of a campus and eventually found its permanent home in 1994 — an 11-acre, 1959-constructed elementary school in East San Jose. Seven years later, the University purchased its 11- acre campus and built Sobrato Hall at NHU — a 3-story, 67,000 square foot learning facility with a state-of-the-art library, classrooms, science laboratories, study areas, 2 plazas and beautiful outdoor spaces.
The National Hispanic University is a private, WASC accredited, 4-year, University authorized to grant degrees since 1981. NHU offers degrees in Liberal Studies, Business and Computer Science, as well as teacher credentialing and certificates in Translation & Interpretation. For more information on NHU, please log onto www.nhu.edu or contact Patricia Estrada at (408) 273-2737
About The National Hispanic University
For 30 years, The National Hispanic University has provided Hispanic students and others with access to quality higher education. Located in San Jóse, Calif., the university offers a diverse portfolio of online and campus-based undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in business, teacher education, child development and computer science. Students are supported in a multicultural and collaborative learning environment that is based on Familia™ a personalized approach that fosters students’ success through mutual respect and cultura. The National Hispanic University, a member of the Laureate International Universities network, is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). For more information, visit www.NHU.edu.