August 2011

The importance of college degree completion for U.S. society and economic competitiveness makes it imperative to improve educational outcomes for Latino students. Institutional leaders, educators, and policymakers who recognize this imperative are challenged to determine what they can do to improve educational outcomes for Latino students.

Excelencia in Education responds to this challenge by linking research, policy, and practice that supports higher educational achievement for Latino students. Premier in this effort is Examples of Excelencia, a national initiative to systematically identify and honor programs boosting Latino enrollment, performance and graduation with evidence of effectiveness. While there are a growing number of programs worthy of recognition for their efforts to increase Latino student success, Examples of Excelencia focuses on institution-based programs and departments. These programs do not serve Latino students exclusively, but each program disaggregates their data and can demonstrate success with Latino students.

The 2011 Examples of Excelencia are:

Associate Level - Early College High School Initiative at El Paso Community College

Baccalaureate Level - STEP 2 (Successful Transition to Educator Preparation) at Texas Tech University

Graduate Level - PhD Clinical Psychology Program at Carlos Albizu University

    More detailed information about these outstanding 2011 winners is included in this compendium. Also included is information about programs selected as finalists in each category and efforts in newer Latino communities to foster Latino student success.

    This compendium is a central component of the Examples of Excelencia initiative. By sharing what works we hope to prompt educators and policymakers to challenge the current status of Latino achievement in higher education and inspire these decision makers to work to increase Latino student success. All the programs profiled in this compendium are at the forefront of meeting the  challenge of improving higher educational  achievement for Latino students and we congratulate them for their current and continued efforts.

    • Institutional Practices


    2011 What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education

    Research File