Excelenica in Education - Inform. Organize. Excel. - Students


Excelencia has played a vital role in higher education policy by focusing policymakers and higher education leaders on the needs of Latino students, and supporting states and institutions whenever and wherever they are needed.

Richard W. Riley, Former U.S. Secretary of Education and partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP


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

Excelencia in Education - Cultivating Confianza

Our nation’s colleges and universities must go beyond just enrolling Latino students and become places where Latino students thrive.

Cultivating Confianza: Excelencia in Education’s Trust-Based Approach to Latino Student Success frames how we can work together to intentionally SERVE Latino students, while serving all, at this crucial time.

Working in common cause, we can transform higher education and seize the moment to bring more Latino talent into our civic leadership and workforce. Learn more and join us as we lead the change that ensures America’s bright future.

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Excelencia's Tactical Plan
for Latino Student Success

Excelencia's Tactical Plan: Design, Advocate, Track, Replicate, Build, Align, Increase, and Evolve
  • Design a national acceleration plan for Latino students in higher education
  • Advocate publicly societal benefits for raising Latinos’ degree completion [Policy Agenda]
  • Track degree completion goals and measures of progress [Latino College Completion: U.S.]
  • Replicate and expand institutional practices that are working for Latino students [Examples of Excelencia]
  • Build a community of common cause [Excelencia’s network]
  • Align and deliver educational support efforts to institutions [Technical Assistance Institutes]
  • Increase support and accountability for institutions intentionally serving Latino students [Seal of Excelencia]
  • Evolve efforts to support institutional transformation as a trusted intermediary
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What Motivates Us

Excelencia in Education, founded in 2004, accelerates Latino student success in higher education to address the U.S. economy’s need for a highly educated workforce and for civic leadership by:

  • providing data-driven analysis of the educational status of Latinos;
  • promoting education policies and institutional practices that support their academic achievement; and
  • organizing a network of professionals with common cause for Latino student success.
About Excelencia in Education

Organizational Values

Excelencia in Education was born from our commitment to change the narrative about Latino college students from a focus on deficit-based diagnoses and intractable achievement gaps to a focus on asset-based opportunities to improve Latino student success and meet national needs.

Excelencia Innovative Leadership


For over 17 years, Excelencia in Education has informed, organized, and compelled changes to advance Latino student success in higher education. Working with trendsetting professionals and serving as the information source on the current status and unmet needs of Latino students, Excelencia leads the community of action that will implement the changes necessary to meet the country's workforce and civic leadership needs for the future.


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