Since 2005, Excelencia in Education has recognized nominated programs with evidence of effectiveness for improving Latino and other students’ success in post-secondary education and maintains an online database of current programs. To increase attention to these practices, Excelencia offers a searchable database and has developed a series of mini-briefs highlighting programs that use evidence based practices to serve Latino and other post-traditional students.
The 2017 What Works Series of mini-briefs highlights selected programs focused on important areas such as College Access for Migrants programs (CAMP), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), guided pathways, Latino males, and faculty representation. 


Latinos & Pell Grants – Financial aid is critical to the access and success of Latinos in postsecondary education – 50% receive federal Pell grants to help pay for college. This factsheet provides a snapshot of Latinos and federal Pell grants. Read More
Latino Adult Learners – Latinos are a young and fast growing population in education, but there are also opportunities to address the educational attainment of adults. Two-thirds of Latino adults have earned a high school diploma or less. This factsheet provides a snapshot of Latino adults in higher education. Read More
Transfer in Texas – With many Latinos enrolled in community colleges in Texas, understanding the pathways and transfer in the state can guide policy efforts. This factsheet provides a snapshot of student transfer in Texas. Read More


CAMP - College Assistance Migrant Programs (CAMP) are federally funded programs serving students from farmworker backgrounds. The programs help students succeed in the first year of college enrollment, and many have first year retention rates for participants over 75%.
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STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) degrees are a key focus for many communities to address workforce needs. Yet less than 10 percent of STEM degrees and certificates awarded annually are to Latinos. To increase Latino representation in STEM jobs, colleges need to recruit, retain, and graduate more Latino STEM students. This brief explores practices used by programs to serve Latino students and increase their success. Read More
Pathways - Pathway programs align academic and student support services through transitions between educational institutions, which can increase students’ persistence to degree attainment. This brief explores how pathways serve Latino students and provides examples of programs. Read More
Latino Males - Although strides have been made in the past 10 years and Latino male college enrollment has increased by 75 percent, they still lag behind their peers in both enrollment and completion. This brief provides a summary of Latino males in postsecondary education and examples of programs increasing Latino males’ success. Read More
Faculty Representation - Research suggests that diversity on campus—both student diversity and faculty diversity—benefits all students by providing diverse perspectives and expanding cultural competencies for all students and contributing to the persistence and degree attainment of students of color. Latino faculty and all faculty of color also serve as role models and mentors students of color and can help those students improve in their academic progress. While Latinos represented about 16 percent of all undergraduates, they only represented four percent of full-time faculty. This brief provides a summary of Latino faculty and their representation in postsecondary education. Read More