COVER-2022-What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education Compendium

2022 What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education

Excelencia in Education
September 2022


What practices are intentionally serving and improving 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. For 17 years, Excelencia has recognized over 350 programs across the country that work for Latino students. This year’s compendium includes 4 Examples of Excelencia, 16 Finalists, and 10 Programs to Watch.

Each program in this compendium is making a positive difference in the lives of Latino students. This year’s recognized programs are empowering Latino students through mentorship, dual language programming, holistic support structures, bridging transfer pathways and increasing access to and through graduate programs all while building vibrant comunidades where Latino students feel a true sense of belonging.

We invite you to learn more about these leading programs in this year’s compendium that can be accessed below.


2022 Examples of Excelencia

Hear directly from professionals who run the programs selected as 2022 Examples of Excelencia and students served by the programs.

ASSOCIATE LEVEL: Latino Promise and HACER Programs
Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ)

Institution/Organization: Fairleigh Dickinson University

State: New Jersey

Issue Area: Access

Program Focus: Bilingual/ESL, First-Year Support

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BACCALAUREATE LEVEL: Institute of Interdisciplinary Research
University of Puerto Rico at Cayey (PR)

Institution/Organization: University of Puerto Rico at Cayey

State: Puerto Rico

Issue Area: Academic Program

Program Focus: Mentoring, Undergraduate Research

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GRADUATE LEVEL: MS in Environmental Science
The University of Texas at San Antonio (TX)

Institution/Organization: The University of Texas at San Antonio

State: Texas

Issue Area: Academic Program

Program Focus: Discipline/Subject, Mentoring

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Esperanza, Inc. (OH)

Institution/Organization: Esperanza, Inc.

State: Ohio

Issue Area: Retention

Program Focus: First-Year Support, Mentoring

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