October 2012

The importance of college degree completion for U.S. society and economic competitiveness makes it imperative to improve educational outcomes for Latino students. Institutional leaders, educators, and policymakers who recognize this imperative are challenged to determine what they can do to improve educational outcomes for Latino students.

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 boosting Latino enrollment, performance and graduation with evidence of effectiveness. While there are a growing number of programs worthy of recognition for their efforts to increase Latino student success, Examples of Excelencia focuses on institution-based programs and departments. These programs do not serve Latino students exclusively, but each program disaggregates their data and can demonstrate
success with Latino students.

The 2012 Examples of Excelencia are:

Associate Level - DirectConnect at Valencia College (FL)

Baccalaureate Level - School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering at California State University, Bakersfield (CA)

Graduate Level - Master of Business Administration Program at The University of Texas at El Paso (TX)

    More detailed information about the 2012 awardees is included in this compendium. Also included is information about programs selected as finalists in each category and efforts in newer Latino communities to foster Latino student success.

    This compendium is a central component of the Examples of Excelencia initiative. By sharing what works we hope to prompt educators and policymakers to challenge the current status of Latino achievement in higher education and inspire these decision makers 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
    • Institutional Practices


    2012 What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education

    Research File