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

  • Latino and Black student retention has decreased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.
  • Learn more about 25 Years of HSIs - Excelencia's latest analysis being released over the next few months to inform and compel more discussions on HSIs and Latino student success.
  • Learn more about the context of higher education and institutional resiliency in Puerto Rico in Excelencia’s latest release.
Latino College Completion
Ensuring America's Future
What Works
What Works
  • Excelencia recognizes 21 programs bringing a Latino lens to what works for students.
  • Learn about 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
  • Register for the virtual announcements of the 2021 Examples of Excelencia and institutions earning the Seal of Excelencia certification in 2021.
  • View the National Briefing on 25 Years of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
  • Stay informed by signing up to receive updates on releases, events, and opportunities with Excelencia in Education.


Diana Natalicio


Diana Natalicio, President Emerita University of Texas at El Paso and Senior Fellow, Excelencia in Education, passed on Friday, September 23, 2021. Excelencia in Education continues to be inspired by the leadership and trendsetting example Diana set from the first time we met her. In her we found an ally, a colleague, a partner, a co-conspirator, and a genuine friend.

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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.

Announcing 21 Programs as Finalists for the 2021 Examples of Excelencia

2021 Examples of Excelencia

As elected officials and institutional leaders seek culturally relevant, high-impact practices that can be tailored to their students and communities, Excelencia brings to a national audience 21 programs - Examples of Excelencia finalists selected through a rigorous process - that have clearly shown their ability to serve Latino and other post-traditional students. We believe these programs are the foundation for student-centered transformation at their institutions and organizations. 

Higher Education in Puerto Rico: Conditions and Context Influencing Institutional Resilience

Graphic-Higher Education in Puerto Rico: Conditions and Context Influencing Institutional Resilience

Excelencia in Education conducted an environmental scan of Puerto Rico to better understand the community and context of higher education, as colleges and universities transform to better serve their Latino students. This environmental scan identifies and includes a profile of the community overall, the socio-economic profile and educational pipeline, and the condition of institutions of higher education over the past several years. Learn more about the current context with which colleges and universities in Puerto Rico are having to manage their resilience and efforts to serve their students.

National Briefing on 25 Years of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) Accelerating Latino Student Success

National Briefing on 25 Years of HSIs

Excelencia in Education hosted a national briefing with members of congress, college and university leaders a virtual discussion about the critical role of HSIs, Emerging HSIs, and the road ahead for Latino student success in higher education.

Presented in cooperation with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

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
Modeling w/ Faculty
Modeling w/ Faculty