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

Latino College Completion
Ensuring America's Future
  • Six newly certified Seal of Excelencia institutions join Excelencia’s approach to mobilize and support institutions SERVING Hispanic students. Learn more about this framework for institutional transformation.
  • Excelencia worked with institutions across the country through our 2022 Technical Assistance Institutes. Stay tuned for our 2023 calendar 
What Works
What Works
  • Nominate a program for Examples of Excelencia, the only national data-driven initiative to recognize programs accelerating Latino student success in higher education.
  • 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.
Join Us
Join Us
  • Click here to share your program’s story through our program profile submission form for 2023 Examples of Excelencia. Click here for resources to submit a profile.
  • Hear directly from professionals who run the programs selected as 2022 Examples of Excelencia and students served by the programs.
  • Stay informed by signing up to receive updates on releases, events, and opportunities with Excelencia in Education.

Call for Submissions Now Open!

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Know of a program you want to nominate so that they can submit a profile?
Elevate programs you believe are making a positive difference for Latino students to a national audience by submitting them for the 2023 Examples of Excelencia. Submissions are being accepted at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels, as well as at community-based organizations. The deadline to share your program profile submission is Friday, March 31, 2023.

Seal of Excelencia - Intentionally Serving Latinos

2022 Seal of Excelencia Certified Institutions

Six institutions earned the Seal of Excelencia and nine were recertified in 2022 to be a community of 30 trendsetting colleges and universities intentionally serving Latino students. An institution earns the Seal by demonstrating alignment across the three core areas of data, practice, and leadership.

Beyond Completion: Post-Completion Efforts at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

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Excelencia in Education partnered with seven HSIs to continue exploring and examining the institutions' post-completion success efforts. This brief offers findings to enhance an institution’s interest and ability to invest in strategies to support students beyond completion, features institutional strategies and practices, shares lessons learned, and offers recommendations for action for institutions looking to scale up their post-completion success efforts. Learn more about how these seven HSIs recognize their role goes beyond completion by preparing students for the workforce, offering support to completers, and tracking completers after earning an educational credential at their institution.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) Lists: 2020-21

Excelencia HSI Lists

What is included in Excelencia’s new release and how can I learn more using this analysis?

Access Excelencia’s lists of the 2020-21 HSIs, eHSIs, and gHSIs
Learn more from Excelencia’s summary of HSIs, eHSIs, and gHSIs in the HSIs Fact Sheet.
Visualize fast facts with Excelencia’s 2020-21 HSIs Infographic.
Explore the 2020-21 data on HSIs in Excelencia’s new interactive dashboard.
Learn more about the evolution of HSIs through Excelencia’s GIS StoryMap.

Cultivating Confianza: Excelencia in Education’s Trust-Based Approach to Latino Student Success

Excelencia in Education - Cultivating Confianza

The story of Excelencia in Education is one of intentionality and positive change. For 18 years, we have partnered with other trendsetting leaders across the country to accelerate Latino student success. We are now at a critical moment in history. Supporting and serving Latino students is crucial as a key to ensuring America’s future over the next decade. Cultivating Confianza: Excelencia in Education’s Trust-Based Approach to Latino Student Success frames how we can all work together to be more student-centered and achieve equity with a Latino lens.

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.

We're Closing the Equity Gap in Latino College Completion


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

Supporting Financially
Supporting Financially
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