Priorities for the future - Latino student success

Priorities for the Future

For the first time in our history, we have majority-minorities—and this applies especially to the Latino population. For every Latino individual age 65 and older, there are 15 Latinos under the age of 18 waiting to take their place.

Belle Wheelan, President of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Inc. and Excelencia in Education Board Member

Sustaining Commitment to Accelerating Latino Student Success

By all indicators, 2017-2020 will be a time of increasing change and challenge for the nation, postsecondary education, and Excelencia in Education. This requires maintaining focus, sustaining commitment to accelerate Latino student success and a plan for continued growth as an aggregator of information about what works for Latinos in postsecondary education, as a facilitator for action shaped by testing practices and policies and continuing Excelencia’s leadership in assessing institutional effectiveness in serving Latino students.

College Completion Goals for Latino Student Success


Our strategic direction is guided by three core action-oriented goals:

  1. Expanding knowledge on Latino student success while continuing to diversify our funding base by summarizing the most recent college completion of Latinos and institutional strategies linked to workforce preparation.
  2. Building a movement for accelerating Latino student success by working with partners and the broader public to help build a sense of urgency for making Latino student success a priority in federal, state, and institutional policy with an authentic Latino voice.
  3. Strengthening Excelencia’s capacity, visibility and authority to catalyze change and to grow the community of institutions ready to be recognized for serving Latino students.


Priorities for the Future - Latino students

Excelencia in Education is redoubling its efforts to ensure that:

  • the issues surrounding Latinos’ current status and success in higher education are widely known and gain urgency;
  • the solutions and tools for implementation are broadly understood; and,
  • the network of results-oriented advocates ready to leverage change grows.