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Excelencia in Education accelerates Latino student success, enhancing our workforce, leadership, and economy.

Research
Research
Latino College Completion
Ensuring America's Future
What Works
What Works
  • Learn about Examples of Excelencia, the only national data-driven initiative to recognize programs accelerating Latino student success in higher education.
  • Share your program’s story of Latino student success! Complete a program profile submission for the 2021 Examples of Excelencia here.
  • Explore our Growing What Works Database, the only national database that identifies, informs, and aggregates evidence-based programs that work for Latinos and other students.
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Join Us
  • Nominate a program for the 2021 Examples of Excelencia! Takes less than 5 minutes to tell us about a program improving Latino student success in higher education.
  • Stay informed by signing up to receive updates on releases, events, and opportunities with Excelencia in Education.
  • Invest in Latino student success in 2021! Join us by becoming a sponsor for the 2021 Examples of Excelencia. Click here to learn more.

Share What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education!

Established in 2005, Examples of Excelencia is the only national data-driven initiative to recognize programs at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels as well as community-based organizations with evidence of effectiveness in accelerating Latino student success.

Through a comprehensive, year-long process, Excelencia in Education identifies and promotes programs increasing academic opportunities and improving achievement for Latino students in higher education. We focus on results and disseminating these effective practices to others interested in serving Latino students.

2021 Examples of Excelencia

Since its inception, more than 1,500 programs have been submitted for consideration and over 300 have been highlighted by Excelencia in Education. The large number of nominations and evidence-based practices show that there is a significant portfolio of existing practices increasing Latino student success across the country.

Nominate a program for the 2021 Examples of Excelencia! Nominated programs will be encouraged to complete a program profile submission.

Ensuring America's Future: Latino College Completion

Latino College Completion: United States

During these challenging times, Excelencia in Education remains committed to Ensuring America’s Future by increasing Latino college completion. Excelencia’s most recent analysis of public data on enrollment, degree completion, and degree attainment show that Latino student enrollment and degree completion continues to increase. Yet to close the equity gap in degree completion, the United States requires a tactical plan to reach the Latino degree attainment goal of 6.2 million degrees earned by 2030. This plan must include strategies to help Latinos accelerate degree completion while supporting increased attainment for all students.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs): 2018-19

Definition of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)

Excelencia remains committed to sharing research to highlight the opportunities for SERVING Latino students at the institutions where they enroll.

Excelencia’s analysis, based on the most recent federal data, shows continued growth in the numbers of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Emerging HSIs, increased Latino enrollment in regions not normally known for Latino enrollment, and a growing number of HSIs with graduate-level program offerings.

We're Closing the Equity Gap in Latino College Completion

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To close the national equity gap in degree attainment, Latinos will need to earn 6.2 million more degrees by 2030. Excelencia will help reach this goal by:

  • Working with institutions to raise Latinos' degree attainment
  • Informing and influencing educators and decision makers to increase Latinos' degree attainment
  • Advancing evidence-based practices that support the success of Latino and other students
Informing Policies with Real Outcomes

Our research on Latinos students in education provides an understanding of Latinos' strength, growth, and opportunities for increased success.

Five Factors that Influence Latino College Completion

Enrolling
Enrolling
Retaining
Retaining
Supporting Financially
Supporting Financially
Modeling w/ Faculty
Modeling w/ Faculty
Graduating
Graduating