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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

Increasing Latino college completion is key to future prosperity

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Excelencia’s work centers on one fact: Our country will thrive if we intentionally serve Latino students while serving all. Given current educational attainment levels for Latinos, their projected demographic growth in the U.S., and national demands for economic competitiveness, increasing Latino degree attainment is vital to reaching our country’s college completion goals and strengthening our workforce and civic leadership. To ensure America’s future, Excelencia shapes a policy strategy focused on getting Latino students to and through college.

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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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


HSIs Release - Institutional Resilience in Puerto Rico
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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Excelencia on Medium: Resilience: Surviving, Stabilizing, and Rebuilding in Times of Trouble

Rafael Ramírez Rivera, Acting President of Inter American University of Puerto Rico, shares his definition of institutional resilience and lessons that U.S. mainland institutions can learn from Puerto Rican universities when it comes to surviving, stabilizing, and rebuilding in times of trouble in the wake of Hurricanes Irma, Maria, and Fiona, an unprecedented series of earthquakes, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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How does intentionally SERVING Latino students benefit our society?

Examples of Latinos are a young, fast-growing population, yet they earn degrees at a lower rate than other demographic groups. Excelencia analysis shows that closing the equity gap in college 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.

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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.

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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.

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