Briefing Scheduled for Launch of HSI-CP2

Excelencia in Education will release the Hispanic-SERVING Institutions - Center for Policy and Practice (HSI-CP2) with an online launch and a briefing in Washington, DC on September 30, 2014. This new, innovative, online resource provides information and tools to inform and support educators, researchers, policymakers, and others who are interested in serving Latino students.

If you will be in the DC Metro area on Tuesday, September 30th and would like to attend the HSI-CP2 briefing, please RSVP as soon as possible and no later than September 26.

RSVP is required and space is limited.


Breaking Ground

Leaders from Excelencia in Education and TG went to Capitol Hill on June 12, 2014 to brief details of the new effort to Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (Texas), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.


“The leadership of Excelencia in Education has the courage, vision and skills to identify what makes colleges and universities effective in serving Latino students.”

Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (Texas), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training


“Given Excelencia in Education’s significant contributions to researching, analyzing, and understanding HSIs, as well as the critical need for this kind of innovative national resource, TG is proud to invest in this endeavor. This work will cultivate and promote evidence-based ideas and practices that benefit our nation, and provide the needed framework to help see our Hispanic youth succeed in their pursuit of a postsecondary education.”

Jacob Fraire, Vice President for Student and Institutional Success, TG

Learn more about TG's investment in Latino student success.

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Excelencia in Education's mission is to accelerate Latino* student success in higher education and our portfolio highlights strategies to meet this mission. Since its creation, Excelencia in Education has worked with and conducted analysis on Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to inform public policy. HSIs dominate discussions about Latinos in higher education at the policy level because of the concentration of Latino college students enrolled in these institutions.

Enrolling Hispanic students is necessary, but not sufficient, to increase Latino college completion. To “serve” Hispanic students in higher education, an institution must actively promote Latino students’ success. Analysis of institutional elements beyond Hispanic enrollment should be conducted that better illustrate effective service to Latino students. However, currently there is no central location to access research solely on HSIs to inform public policy, future research, and effective practice for Latino student success.



Excelencia in Education is creating a HSI Center for Policy & Practice focused on better understanding and supporting efforts to serve Latino students in higher education. The Center is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2014 and TG has provided initial funding to support the design, launch, and sustainability of the Center.


Key Components

The HSI Center for Policy & Practice will be centralized with three objectives:

1) Inform policy discussions on HSIs and their efforts to serve and graduate Latinos;

2) Develop a structure to assist current and emerging HSIs; and,

3) Engage institutional constituents on strategies to serve Latinos in higher education.  

The HSI Center for Policy & Practice will provide information and tools to advance institutional practices and policies that improve Latino college access and completion with a wider network of staff, administrators, researchers, funders, and policymakers. Additionally, the Center will support Excelencia's development of a structured process in linking institutions with needs to institutions with strengths, to improve their policies and practices in serving Latino students.


Advisory Group

The work of the HSI Center for Policy & Practice is informed by an advisory group representing leaders, researchers, and practitioners from HSIs and emerging HSIs, as well as philanthropy and public policy.


*Excelencia in Education uses the terms Hispanic and Latino interchangeably