Examples of Excelencia

…We have created a tradition, on the national landscape, where the ability to focus and serve Latino students at the programmatic level is honored and recognized in the way it always should have been.

Sarita Brown, President, Excelencia in Education
Cultivating Excelencia Podcast, Sept 9, 2020

Call for Nominations for the 2021 Examples of Excelencia

Do you lead a program or know of a program serving Latino students in higher education? If so, nominate them for the 2021 Examples of Excelencia!
Closes: March 5

Call for Submissions for the 2021 Examples of Excelencia
Call for Submissions for the 2021 Examples of Excelencia

Click here to share your program’s story through our program profile submission form for the 2021 Examples of Excelencia. Click here to learn about the programs recognized in 2020.

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Examples of Excelencia Programs to Watch

Learn about promising programs that are continuing to grow their evidence of effectiveness and have been previously recognized as Programs to Watch.

Growing What Works Database

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.

What programs lead the way in serving Latino students?

2021 Examples of Excelencia

Established in 2005, Examples of Excelencia is the only national data-driven initiative to recognize programs at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels as well as community-based organizations with evidence of effectiveness in accelerating Latino student success.

Through a comprehensive, year-long process, Excelencia in Education identifies and promotes programs increasing academic opportunities and improving achievement for Latino students in higher education. We focus on results and disseminating these effective practices to others interested in serving Latino students.

Since its inception, more than 1,500 programs have been submitted for consideration and over 300 have been highlighted by Excelencia in Education. The large number of nominations and evidence-based practices show that there is a significant portfolio of existing practices increasing Latino student success across the country. Examples of Excelencia compiles these evidence-based practices and serves as a resource for other institutions and community-based organizations considering efforts to improve their services to Latino students.

Click here to make a nomination

Want to know more about evidence-based practices? Want to share your program's story?

We welcome all inquiries about the Examples of Excelencia cycle. If you would like to speak to our program team, please contact us at:

(202) 785-7350 ext.1103

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Evidence-based practices for Latino student success

With the belief that good policy is informed by good practice, Excelencia brings national attention to evidence-based programs in order to leverage their efforts to a wide audience of partner organizations, funders, and policymakers.



2020 Examples of Excelencia

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The 2020 Examples of Excelencia, 4 outstanding, national exemplars of Latino student success, were selected from 20 finalists among 112 national submissions representing 24 states, DC and Puerto Rico.

Each 2020 Example of Excelencia, in their respective category, stands out for their commitment to intentionally and effectively serve Latino students.