Led by Dr. Melissa L. Salazar, the ESCALA team has accumulated 70+ years of experience as college instructors, instructional coaches, administrators, student advisors, curriculum developers, and K-12 educators. All the consultants at ESCALA have significant experience in teaching and coaching science, engineering and mathematics, and therefore specialize in working with STEM faculty.
ESCALA (Spanish for “striving”) is a consortium of higher education consultants based in the U.S. Southwest who are committed personally and professionally to increasing the retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students in higher education.
ESCALA works specifically with Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to close the gap in educational access and completion rates for Latinos, mainly through faculty development programming and remedial program evaluation. Since 2012, we have contracted with eight HSIs across the Southwest and California to conduct program evaluation as well as design and facilitate Title V and III sponsored faculty development programs.
Members of our team are also popular guest speakers at conferences and campus-wide symposia, on topics regarding the cultural disconnects underrepresented students experience in higher education.
The Research on Faculty Development: Why Faculty Matter
ESCALA consultants are researchers as well as practitioners. We subscribe to a data-driven, research-based model to college instruction, and use peer-reviewed publications from cognitive science, neuroscience, and psychology to support the classroom practices we promote. To ensure everything we do is relevant in the HSI classroom, we test all the instructional techniques we promote in our faculty development with our own students.