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Excelencia in Education will moderate a discussion with Unidos project leaders about their model, its impact in New Mexico and its potential for improving Latino student success in higher education other areas of the country.
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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.

2013-14 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.



The 2015 Examples of Excelencia 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 4 Examples of Excelencia, the finalist programs, and the honorable mention programs making a positive difference in the educational achievement of Latino students in higher education.

This report identifies colleges and universities graduating Latinos in STEM, pathway strategies to increase access and interest in STEM, selected evidence-based practices to increase Latino student success in these disciplines, a snapshot of Latinas in STEM, and Latino representation in the STEM workforce. The representation of institutions meeting the basic federal definition of an HSI is also summarized. This brief was produced with support from the Microsoft Corporation.



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...

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...

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.

Founded in 1987, 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 an effort to significantly improve the overall academic performance, college...

Supporting Our Leaders (SOL) Youth Program is a program within the education department of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan founded in 1978. SOL is the only Latino youth program in Kent County designed to promote the educational success of the entire family through innovative and...

Express to Success aims to increase success and completion rates in developmental math and English for Latino students who place one to two levels below college level courses through the collaboration between students and teachers in learning communities.

The LARES (Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services) Program was founded in 1975 to improve Latino students’ college level skills in math, reading, writing, and critical thinking while developing leadership skills. The LARES program also collaborates with schools, community colleges...

The Graduate Support Center was established in 2010 aims to increase the persistence rate of Latino Master’s degree students by implementing academic and support initiatives while integrating engagement of the student’s family. The Center offers an Academic Workshop Series, a Graduate Writing...

Raúl H. Yzaguirre, Founding President of the National Council of La Raza, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, and Emeritus Honorary Board Member of Excelencia in Education reflects upon Excelencia in Education and the organization's impact.

Elsa Núñez, President of Eastern Connecticut State University, discusses identifying potential for Latino student success and the Dual College Program.


The non-profit organization Excelencia in Education selected four programs as this year's Examples of Excelencia. Programs helping Latino high school students earn college credit hours, pursue STEM or health careers and giving their parents college information have been singled out for boosting the number of Latinos enrolling and successfully...

Elected officials and higher education leaders from across the country came together today in the nation’s capital for the announcement of the 2015 Examples of Excelencia, America’s top evidence-based programs that increase higher education achievement for Latino students. 

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