2020 What Works for Latino Student Success in Higher Education

2020 What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education

October 2020


How can institutions and communities accelerate Latino student success? Examples of Excelencia is the only national effort to identify and promote evidence-based programs accelerating Latino student success in higher education. Since 2005, Excelencia in Education has recognized over 300 programs making a positive difference in the lives of Latino students at the associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and community-based organization levels. Excelencia is committed to leveraging these programs to build a national community of common cause toward Latino student success.

In 2020, Excelencia recognizes 4 programs as the 2020 Examples of Excelencia, one in each respective category—associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and community-based organizations—for their evidence-based practices, cultural relevance, and commitment to intentionally serve Latino students.

In addition, Excelencia recognizes 16 programs as 2020 Examples of Excelencia Finalists also effective in improving Latino student success at institutions and in their communities and highlights 17 innovative/up-and-coming programs that are making a positive impact on the success of their Latino students identified as Programs to Watch.

We invite you to learn more about these leading programs by viewing this year’s compendium below.


2020 Examples of Excelencia


Mi Casa Es Su Casa
Lone Star College-North Harris
Houston, TX

Arizona’s Science, Engineering and Math Scholars (ASEMS) Program
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Latinx Leadership Initiative (LLI)
Boston College School of Social Work
Chestnut Hill, MA

Scholar Program
Generation Hope
Washington, DC