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

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Ensuring America’s Future: Latino College Completion 2023

Increasing Latino college completion is key to future prosperity

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Excelencia’s 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 shows that degree completion gaps have increased between Latino students and their White peers. To close the 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.

Our Tactical Plan for Latino Student Success

How does Excelencia advance Latino student success in higher education?


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Excelencia uses a Latino lens to inform and compel action to serve Latino students.

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Excelencia brings attention to what works to improve Latino student success.

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Excelencia organizes leaders with a common cause of accelerating Latino student success.

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Excelencia advocates for action and investment that intentionally serves Latino students.

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Call for Nominations and Submissions Now Open!

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Join Excelencia in bringing attention to programs intentionally serving Latino students. Nominations and submissions are now open for the 2024 Examples of Excelencia. Submissions are accepted at the associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and community-based organization levels. Click here to start a submission.

Know of a program you want to nominate? Click here to nominate a program so that we can follow up with them to submit their program’s story of success.

Visit this site to learn more about engaging in this effort.

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Seal of Excelencia Certified Institutions

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Nine institutions earned the Seal of Excelencia in 2023 and five institutions were recertified to be a community of 39 trendsetting colleges and universities intentionally serving Latino students. An institution earns the Seal certification by demonstrating alignment across the three core areas of data, practice, and leadership. These institutions joined in common cause to ensure America’s future through their unwavering commitment to intentionally SERVE Latino students, while serving all.

HSI Lists: 2021-22

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

Access Excelencia’s lists of the 2021-22 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 2021-22 HSIs Infographic.
Explore the 2021-22 data on HSIs in Excelencia’s new interactive dashboard.
Learn more about the evolution of HSIs through Excelencia’s GIS StoryMap.

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Latest from Excelencia


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Re-Release: Latino Student Success at Hispanic Serving Institutions: Findings from a Demonstration Project

This seminal brief, originally released in 2004, started shaping Excelencia in Education’s national agenda to accelerate Latino student success in higher education. It examined the institutional leadership and practices that promote Latino student success at six HSIs in California, Texas, and New York.
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Excelencia What Works For Latino Students In Higher Education Compendium

Since 2005, Excelencia in Education has led the Examples of Excelencia, the only national data-driven initiative that recognizes programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate level as well as at community-based organizations that are using evidence of effectiveness to accelerate Latino student success.

CLICK HERE to view the 2023 Compendium.


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Excelencia on Medium: Funding America’s Future: Larger Endowments Could Help HSIs Further Accelerate Latino Student Success

Endowments are important resources that provide institutions with opportunities to invest in students and programs. Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are less likely to have an endowment compared to other colleges and universities. For HSIs that do have an endowment, their funds tend to be smaller than those at other institutions. Our new analysis explores endowments at HSIs and what it means for investing in students.
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Beyond an HSI Designation: Exploring Strategic Practices for HSI Grant Participation

Excelencia in Education collaborated with six HSIs to understand their strategic practices with participating in competitive federal grant programs. Institutions shared their current strategies for preparing federal grant applications, how they have leveraged federal funding to advance and sustain institutional efforts, and what it means to them to be an HSI. Learn more about how these six HSIs apply for and utilize federal funding to serve their Latino students.
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Latinas at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)

The Latino population in the United States has grown significantly over the last decade, and Latina representation has grown more quickly than Latinos. This factsheet provides an overview of the Latina population, as well as the college enrollment and educational attainment of Latinas at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) — a critical set of institutions enrolling and graduating Latinos in the U.S.
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Expand Your Knowledge with Excelencia


How does intentionally SERVING Latino students benefit our society?

Latinos are a young, fast-growing population, yet degree completion gaps have increased between Latinos and their White peers. Excelencia’s analysis shows that closing the gap in degree completion by accelerating Latino student success will strengthen America’s workforce and civic leadership.

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How can we inform educational practice and policy to facilitate positive change on behalf of Latino students?

Excelencia’s research provides a basis of information on the status of Latino students in higher education from which to compel positive action by institutional leaders and measure progress toward accelerating Latino student success.

From Latino enrollment and workforce participation, to how Latino students pay for college, to mapping Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), this research informs and compels action.

Explore Our Interactive Dashboard

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What works to improve Latino degree attainment and how can we expand these practices?

In 2005, we initiated Examples of Excelencia — the only national effort to recognize and promote evidence-based practices promoting Latino student success. We have celebrated over 350 programs making a difference, all of which are featured in our Growing What Works Database.

Explore Our Database

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How does Excelencia catalyze institutional transformation that produces meaningful results for Latino students?

In addition to building our action-oriented network of Presidents for Latino Student Success, our technical assistance opportunities and Seal of Excelencia certification support and reinforce institutional capacity to intentionally SERVE Latino students using comprehensive strategies that align data, practice, and leadership.

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What are Excelencia’s policy priorities for supporting Latino student success in higher education?

When it comes to closing equity gaps in degree attainment and increasing educational and economic opportunity for Latino and post-traditional students in higher education, Excelencia focuses on four policy priorities: affordability, institutional capacity, retention, and workforce.

Review Our Policy Agenda



2024 Call for Nominations: Nominations are open from February1 to March 15