August 2010

According to the US Census Bureau, Latino young adults are less likely to have earned an associate degree or higher than other young adults. In 2008, eight percent of Latinos 18 to 24 years-of-age had earned a degree, compared to 14 percent of all young adults.  Latino adults, 25 years and over, were also less likely to have earned an associate degree or higher than other adults, with 19 percent of Latinos earning a degree, compared to 29 percent of blacks, 39 percent of whites, and 59 percent of Asians.  Meanwhile, census projections estimate that Latinos will be 22 percent of the nation's college-age population by 2020.

Excelencia in Education responds to this challenge by linking research, policy, and practice that supports higher educational achievement for Latino students. Premier in this effort is Examples of Excelencia, a national initiative to systematically identify and honor programs and departments boosting Latino enrollment, performance and graduation.

The 2010 Examples of Excelencia are:

Associate Level - Carreras en Salud (Careers in Health): A Chicago Bilingual Healthcare Partnership at the Wilbur Wright College - Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center

Baccalaureate Level - College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at California State University, San Marcos

Graduate Level - Hispanic Theological Initiative at the Princeton Theological Seminary

    More detailed information about these outstanding 2010 winners is included in this compendium. Also included is information about programs selected as finalists in each category as well as a recognition of innovative programs that support Latino student success.

    This compendium is a central component of the Examples of Excelencia initiative. By sharing best practices, we hope to prompt educators and policymakers to challenge the current state of Latino achievement in higher education and inspire them to work to increase Latino student success. All the programs profiled in this compendium are at the forefront of meeting the challenge of improving higher educational achievement for Latino students and we congratulate them for their current and continued efforts.

    • Institutional Practices

    Resources

    2010 What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education

    Research File