2018 Examples of Excelencia Finalists

In 2018 Excelencia in Education received 139 program nominations from 27 states, DC and Puerto Rico.

Learn about the 21 programs selected as Examples of Excelencia finalists below, and their efforts to accelerate Latino student success in higher education

Visit the Growing What Works database to learn about other practices that accelerate Latino student success across the country.


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Academic English as a Second Language Program

Reading Area Community College (PA)

ESL; Developmental Coursework

Cerritos Complete

Cerritos College (CA)

Community Partnerships/Collective Impact; Summer Bridge

Dual Credit and Early College High Schools

El Paso Community College (TX)

Dual Degree/Dual Credit/Early College High School; Pathway/Pipeline

EDGE: Engage, Develop, Grow, Empower

College of the Desert (CA)

College Prep; First Year Support; Summer Bridge

STEM Articulation

Laredo Community College (TX)

STEM; Summer Bridge




Academic Achievers Program

University of Houston (TX)

Mentoring; Scholarship

Attract, Inspire, Mentor and Support Students (AIMS2)

California State University Northridge (CA)

Career/Workforce; Undergraduate Research

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez (MD)

Bilingual/ESL; Health

Gaining Access "N Academic Success (GANAS)

California State University East Bay (CA)

First Year Support; Learning Community

Partnership for Research and Education in Materials

University of Puerto Rico - Humacao (PR)

Pathway/Pipeline; Undergraduate Research

Upward Bound

Trinity University (TX)

College Prep; Pathway/Pipeline




Educational and Research Internship Program

University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez -US Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) (PR)

Pathway/Pipeline; Undergraduate Research

Exito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training

Institute for Health Promotion Research at University of Texas Health San Antonio (TX)


Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement: RISE TO THE POSTDOCTORATE

New Mexico State University (NM)

Pathway/Pipeline; STEM




¡Adelante Latina!

¡Adelante Latina! (MD)

College Prep; Females/Latinas

Adelante Hispanic Achievers

Adelante Hispanic Achievers, Inc. (KY)

College Prep; Mentoring; Parental/Family Engagement

Believe and Achieve

Trinity River Mission (TX)

College Prep; Mentoring

Catch The Next!

Catch The Next! (TX)

Developmental Coursework; First Year Support

College Crusade of Rhode Island

The College Crusade of Rhode Island (RI)

College Prep; Mentoring

College Forward

College Forward (TX)

College Prep; Mentoring

Leadership Fellows Program

National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) (CA)

Mentoring; Pathway/Pipeline