Seal of Excelencia

Earning the Seal of Excelencia Certification

Institutions that strive for, and most particularly those that earn the Seal of Excelencia, have demonstrated their capacity to grow our country’s highly-skilled workforce and develop leaders —in other words, these institutions are ensuring America’s future.

Deborah Santiago, CEO, Excelencia in Education

  

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What do institutional presidents say about earning the Seal of Excelencia certification?

 

Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, President of California State University, Fresno

“Today’s announcement that Fresno State has earned the prestigious Seal of Excelencia is a monumental achievement. This designation validates our ongoing commitment to closing education equity gaps for our talented students, through intentional efforts and proven services. This certification validates the determined leadership of our faculty and staff, which maximizes the success of our students. I’m proud that the Seal of Excelencia distinguishes Fresno State within a select nationwide group of colleges and universities.”

- Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, President, California State University, Fresno

 

 

 

Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago

“City Colleges of Chicago is passionately committed to supporting the academic success of Hispanic students in higher education. We are honored that Wilbur Wright College has been certified with the Seal of Excelencia for 2021 by Excelencia in Education. Our many first-year student resources, along with our summer bridge programs have aided the transition to college for many of our Latinx students. But the secret ingredient in supporting all our students, at every level, has always been our amazing faculty and staff. Every day they go above and beyond for our students. I couldn’t be prouder to accept this seal of excellence in recognition of Wright College's service to its students and Chicago.”

- Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago

 

 

Lou Anne Bynum, Interim Superintendent-President, Long Beach City College

“Obtaining the Seal of Excelencia is a true badge of honor for Long Beach City College, as it is a testament to our efforts as the only community college to be selected within Excelencia’s second cohort. This process was rigorous to obtain, but it really helped LBCC to reflect on the efforts we have made as a whole college. LBCC is proud to earn this certification from Excelencia in Education and we pledge to continue our efforts to support our Latinx students.”

- Lou Anne Bynum, Interim Superintendent and President, Long Beach City College

 

 

 

Madeline Pumariega, President, Miami Dade College

“Receiving the Seal of Excelencia affirms Miami Dade College is truly advancing Hispanic student success and completion by focusing on data, evidenced-based best practices and leadership, which expands career pathways for Latinos in the new global economy. We applaud Excelencia in Education’s transformative work in helping colleges and universities across the nation remove the barriers and inequities confronting Latino students. We are proud to be a leading institution on this front and grateful for our longtime collaboration with Excelencia in Education.”

- Madeline Pumariega, President, Miami Dade College

 

 

 

Robert Nelsen, President, Sacramento State University

"For Sacramento State, earning the Seal of Excelencia is an incredible honor that underlines our commitment to serving our Latinx students. The Excelencia framework will enable us to further advance our understanding of how best to support Latinx excellence through data, best practices, strategy, and leadership. I look forward to our ongoing partnership with Excelencia in Education as we work together to transform the narrative around Latinx college students.”

- Robert S. Nelsen, President, Sacramento State

 

 

 

Adela de la Torre, President of San Diego State University

“San Diego State University is California's transborder institution, spanning the Latinx population from the Pacific to the Arizona border. Our regional position is informed not solely by our multiple campus locations, but also, with a commitment to truly empower and serve the binational Latinx students that surround us. As a premier research HSI, we are proud of our evidence-based approaches to narrow the achievement gaps in graduation rates, particularly for many of our low-income and first-generation Latinx students. By receiving the Seal of Excelencia certification today, we are truly grateful for the recognition of our efforts and will use this success to further propel our efforts to better serve our growing Latinx community.”

- Adela de la Torre, President, San Diego State University

 

 

Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President, Texas A&M-San Antonio

“The Seal of Excelencia certification for Texas A&M University-San Antonio is an incredible milestone for our institution, and a point of pride, personally and professionally. As the only Latina president of a public university in Texas and as a native of south San Antonio, it is in my very roots that I am committed to embracing and supporting Hispanic students and their success.

We are the first university in the Texas A&M University System to receive this recognition, which is a true reflection of our intentionality in serving a student body that is 75% Hispanic. As a proud Hispanic-Serving Institution, we know that degree attainment often disrupts generational cycles of poverty for the student population that we serve, most of whom are also first-generation college students. I believe in the transformative power of public higher education – and as president of A&M-San Antonio, I am committed to continuous improvement in the way we serve Latino students while providing equitable learning opportunities so that we truly do transform the lives of our students and our community.”

- Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President, Texas A&M-San Antonio

 

Juan Sánchez Muñoz, Chancellor, University of California, Merced

“This recognition reflects the university’s efforts to assist in the recruitment and academic success of Latino students — indeed, of all our students. We thank Excelencia in Education for recognizing the diversity and inclusivity that exemplify UC Merced.”

- Juan Sánchez Muñoz, Chancellor, University of California, Merced

 

 

 

 

Kim A. Wilcox, Chancellor, University of California, Riverside

“Receiving the Seal of Excelencia is a point of pride recognizing our institutional efforts to build programming for Latino student success. The certification also reminds us of our responsibility. As leaders in social mobility, we must continue to develop systems that evolve to address student needs. To prospective Latino students, the Seal of Excelencia is a lodestar, a light showing them where they will receive support to achieve their dreams.”

- Kim A. Wilcox, Chancellor, University of California, Riverside

 

 

 

Alexander Cartwright, President, University of Central Florida

“The Seal of Excelencia illustrates UCF’s longstanding commitment to student success and our efforts to intentionally serve Latina/o/x students. By investing in leadership, programs and practices that support Latina/o/x student success, we enhance the educational experiences and opportunities of all students. This has a powerful and lasting impact at UCF and for our community.”

- Alexander Cartwright, President, University of Central Florida

 

 

 

Michael Amiridis

“We are proud to be certified with the Seal of Excelencia for our efforts to serve Latinx students and to be considered a leader in supporting them with the necessary opportunities for personal and academic growth. We owe this recognition to the UIC faculty and staff who have worked to make the university a friendly and successful place for Latinx students. UIC is a reflection of Chicago and the community we serve. The diversity of our urban campus community is more than an attribute, but a key part of our mission as the city’s largest and only public research university.”

- Michael D. Amiridis, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago

 

 

Jay Hartzell, Interim President, The University of Texas at Austin

“UT Austin is deeply committed to supporting the academic success of Latino students in higher education and making this a more welcome and inclusive campus for all students. The Seal of Excelencia recognizes this commitment and will help us expand our strategic efforts to support Texas students. I thank Excelencia in Education and look forward to working with Excelencia to promote Latino success both on our campus and across the state and nation.”

- Jay Hartzell, President, University of Texas at Austin

 

 

 

Guy Bailey, President, The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley

“Earning the Seal of Excelencia is a monumental distinction for UTRGV as we take great pride in accelerating Latino student success in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond. This is a great testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, faculty, and staff. We are proud to have achieved this certification that recognizes our programs and efforts dedicated to increasing the number of Latino students, who ultimately earn their degrees and go on to help their communities thrive.”

- Guy Bailey, President, The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley

  

 

 

Taylor Eighmy, President, The University of Texas at San Antonio

“Seal of Excelencia certification is truly special on a number of levels. Not only does it reflect our purposeful, university-wide commitment to accelerating the success of our Latino students, it is a testament to the hard work and advocacy of so many in our community. I am especially appreciative of the many faculty and staff across the university who collaborated to demonstrate and quantify our commitment to the success of our Latino students. I am also particularly grateful to the La Raza Faculty and Administrators Association for their advocacy. From the very beginning, they desired for UTSA to be exemplary in its service to Mexican Americans in South Texas, a population historically underserved by higher education.”

- Taylor Eighmy, President, University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)

 

David Potash, President, Wilbur Wright College

“We recognize at Wright College that being an Hispanic-Serving Institution is not about numbers, it is about service. Through the leadership, guidance and generosity of Excelencia in Education, we’ve been on an intentional and collaborative march at Wright to serve our Hispanic students and their families more effectively, to provide the education and support they deserve, to be inclusive, to build trust and confianza. Receiving the Seal of Excelencia is a tremendous honor and we are very grateful for the recognition. We also know that the Seal is a powerful reminder of the vital work that keeps us focused on our students and community.”

- David Potash, President, Wilbur Wright College