Announcing 2017 Examples of Excelencia

Learn about programs with proven practices accelerating Latino student success in higher education.

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Discover key analysis and summaries of evidence-based practices that are serving Latino and other post-traditional students. To learn more about practices that advance student success visit our searchable Growing What Works database.

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Excelencia in Education accelerates Latino student success in higher education by promoting Latino student achievement, conducting analysis to inform educational policies, and advancing institutional practices while collaborating with those committed and ready to meet the mission.



Through Examples of Excelencia, Excelencia in Education recognizes selected programs in higher education at the Associate, Baccalaureate, Graduate levels as well as at Community-Based Organizations (CBOs). The compendium contains one-page program summary of the four 2017 Examples of Excelencia and the 15 finalist programs making a positive difference in the educational achievement of Latino students in higher education.

In 2015-16, there were 472 HSIs located in 19 states and Puerto Rico. These institutions represented 14% of all institutions of higher education an d enrolled 64% of Latino undergraduates.

Excelencia in Education has conducted analysis on HSIs since 2004 and annually releases the list of institutions meeting the basic definition every year.



The number of mathematics PhDs is increasing thanks to the efforts of PUMP. Between 1996 and 2000 only one CSU Northridge math baccalaureate completed a Ph.D. program. Since 2014, at CSUN 31 Latino students have entered a Master’s program and 18 Latino students entered Ph.D. programs.

The BSW program started in response to a need for bilingual social workers in local agencies, and a more empowered Latino community. It is the only BSW program of its kind in a Midwest college with a bilingual curriculum.

Pathway to the Baccalaureate was launched to support the growing population of traditional-aged students in Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) who demonstrate substantial barriers to college access and completion.

The EPOCHS program provides services to Latino/a graduate students and activities to improve campus climate and improve retention and graduation rates.

Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) creates a college-going culture for Latino families in an area with a history of low educational attainment.

The Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) was established in 1991 to address the severe shortage of Latinos in medicine. The Center aims to develop an educational pipeline from high school to medical school faculty.

Since 2010, the STEM program at Fresno Pacific University (FPU) has been a learning community designed to support Latino, first-generation, and low-income students seeking a degree in STEM. The mission of the STEM program is to increase bachelor degree attainment among Latino, first-generation...

PIQE operates nine parent development programs to teach parents how to navigate/impact the school system and promote meaningful interaction/partnerships between parents, schools, and educators.

In 2006, South Texas College (STC) partnered with Progreso ISD to develop an Early College High School (ECHS) Program. Early College High Schools specifically target populations of students that are potential first-generation college attendees from low socio-economic backgrounds. They provide a...


Excelencia in Education today announced its 2017 Examples of Excelencia, spotlighting four programs that have shown outstanding, evidence-based results of improving Latino student success in higher education. 

Recently, our partners at Excelencia in Education announced their 2017 national finalists for Examples of Excelencia, an initiative honoring programs at the forefront of advancing educational achievement for Latino students in higher education.

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