September 2015
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. These programs do not serve Latino students exclusively, but each program disaggregates their data and can demonstrate success with Latino students.
The 2015 Examples of Excelencia are:
Associate Level - Early College High Schools Program, South Texas College, McAllen, TX

Baccalaureate Level - STEM Program, Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA 

Graduate Level - Hispanic Center of Excellence, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL 

Community-Based Organization - Nine-Week Parent Engagement in Education Program, Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), National City, CA 


More detailed information about these outstanding programs, as well as those selected as finalists at each academic level and community-based organization classification, are included in this compendium. The programs in this compendium are leading effective investments in postsecondary education today to increase the success of Latino and other post-traditional students. We congratulate them for their current and continued efforts.
This compendium is a central component of the Examples of Excelencia initiative. By sharing what works we hope to prompt educators and policymakers to take an asset-based approach to serving Latino students and inspire these decision makers to work to increase Latino student success by supporting, replicating, and bringing to scale evidence-based practices.


  • Policy Briefs
  • Institutional
  • Institutional Practices


2015 What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education
Research File