Announcing the 2016 Examples of Excelencia

Learn more about the programs selected this year in colleges, universities and community based organizations that increase academic achievement for Latino students at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels.

Inform, Organize, Excel

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.

2014-15 HSI Data

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are identified by their Latino student enrollment, rather than by their institutional mission. New analysis includes the most recent lists for HSIs, Emerging HSIs, and HSIs with graduate programs.

Unidos Project: Community Organizing for Latino Student Success
Learn how the Unidos Project used knowledge of New Mexico’s history, culture, and the Hispano/Latino community to develop a sustainable, culturally relevant, and unique community organizing model to improve Latino student success in education.



Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) enroll over 60 percent of Latino undergraduates and generally enroll a high enrollment of needy students with relatively limited resources. The federal government has funded the development of HSIs since 1995 to expand and enhance their capacity, quality, and the educational achievement of their Latinos and other low-income students. This brief examines the impact of 20 years of investment in HSIs and the link of this support on Latino student success.

Hispanics’ graduation rates at the most selective institutions of higher education are higher than at less selective institutions. Yet, only 12 percent of Latinos are enrolled at these institutions. This brief examines the profile of Latino students at the most selective institutions in the U.S. and reviews the institutional efforts at four universities in California to frame a better understanding of factors that might explicitly and intentionally support Latino student success.



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...


UIC has received a five-year, $5.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education affirming the designation of the university as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. The grant, from the Education Department’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions–Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (HSI-STEM) and Articulation Programs, is aimed at...

This year marks a new record for high school graduation rates across our country. And while equity gaps in graduation rates remain, Latino students made significant progress.

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