2019 What Works for Latino Students Compendium

2019 What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education

October 2019


What works to increase Latino student success in higher education? Since 2005, Excelencia in Education has led the only national effort to recognize evidence-based practices that accelerate Latino student success in higher education through Examples of Excelencia. Through this process, Excelencia recognizes programs that are intentionally serving Latino students across four levels: Associate, Baccalaureate, Graduate, and Community-Based Organizations. Over 14 years, Excelencia has recognized over 300 programs across the country that work for Latino students. This year’s compendium includes 4 Examples of Excelencia, 12 finalists and 20 Programs to Watch.

The programs in this compendium are responsive to the strengths and opportunities their students face in preparing for, persisting in, and completing a college education. This year’s recognized programs are increasing Latino student success through scholarships, undergraduate research opportunities, pathways to guide students, mentoring, and culturally responsive programming.

Examples of Excelencia programs
In 2019, we received 166 total nominations from 32 states, including DC, and Puerto Rico and 16 finalists were selected. Our selection committee—composed of experts in higher education—reviewed each of the 16 profiles and selected 4 Examples of Excelencia, 1 in each of our 4 categories.

Programs to Watch:
This year Excelencia identified 20 Programs to Watch--young, up-and-coming programs that have already made some positive impact on the success of their Latino students and are growing their evidence of effectiveness. Learn more


2019 Examples of Excelencia

Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP)
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Attract, Inspire, Mentor, and Support Students - The AIMS2 Program
California State University, Northridge
Northridge, CA

Cal-Bridge Program
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Pomona, CA

Latino Achievers
YMCA of Middle Tennessee
Nashville, TN