Excelencia’s top twelve contributions to Latino student success in 2011:

  • Released in March, our Roadmap for Ensuring America's Future has become a catalyst for dialogue across the nation about actions needed to increase degree attainment, particularly among Latinos.
  • Through the research and release of Latino College Completion Fact Sheets, we piloted the use of analytical data to promote Latino college completion in California, Texas, Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania, which will expand to all 50 states in 2012.
  • Collaborated with ACT, Inc. to launch Graduation Texas: Engage, Advise, Retain, Graduate, a new project to increase college degree completion among first-in-their families freshman at 20 south Texas colleges and universities.
  • Completed and released new analysis of Hispanic Serving Institutions and organized DC briefings with Hispanic Association for College and Universities (HACU).
  • Together with the National Council of La Raza, our research formed the basis for The College Completion Agenda Progress Report 2011: Latino Edition released in September by the College Board.
  • Received a record number of nominations for Examples of Excelencia, programs that increase degree completion among Latinos at the associate, bachelors, and graduate level.
  • Annual Celebraciòn de Excelencia saw record attendance including constituents from the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Education Summit. U.S Department of Education Under Secretary Martha Kanter and ACT CEO Jon Whitmore helped recognize this year’s Examples of Excelencia.
  • Second annual Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Workshop brought together more than 150 campus-based professionals to focus on promising practices from the higher education, corporate, government, and non-profit sectors.
  • Secured the commitment of 31 colleges and universities to actively increase Latino college completion through the launch of Excelencia in Action.
  • Excelencia in Action strategy session included Under Secretary Kanter, her senior team, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Lumina Foundation for Education.
  • Fifteen new partner organizations joined our Ensuring America’s Future coalition, bringing to the table national and regional leaders in education, business, advocacy, and philanthropy who are committed to increasing Latino college completion.
  • Elected officials, policy makers, philanthropists, education and business leaders joined us for second national Ensuring America’s Future Policy Forum to assess the work of the coalition over the past year, begin developing Latino college completion metrics, and chart a future course for collective impact.