2021 Examples of Excelencia Return to Examples of Excelencia Main Page Evidence-based programs that show intentionality in SERVING Latino students With the belief that good policy is informed by good practice, Excelencia brings national attention to programs that are models of culturally responsive, asset-based efforts with evidence of effectiveness in recruiting, retaining, graduating, and preparing Latino students for success in the workforce. As higher education institutions continue to pivot during these unprecedented times, these programs are a powerful example of what can work for Latino students while serving all. The 2021 Examples of Excelencia will be selected from 21 finalists among 145 national submissions representing 23 states and Puerto Rico. The 2021 Examples of Excelencia : ASSOCIATE LEVEL Ambiciones Howard Community College (MD) Retention BACCALAUREATE LEVEL Cardinal First North Central College (IL) Retention GRADUATE LEVEL Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio (TX) Support Services COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION LEVEL Conexión Américas' College Success Program Conexión Américas (TN) Support Services Learn about the 2021 Examples of Excelencia and Finalists in the 2021 edition of What Works For Latino Students in Higher Education Compendium. To learn more about additional programs that are improving Latino student success, check out our Growing What Works Database. This database is the only national online, searchable database that serves as a credible resource in identifying what works for Latino students. Did You Know ... The four Examples of Excelencia will be selected from over 314 nominations from across the country.