Excelencia seeks to broaden the scope of knowledge surrounding effective practices for Latino students and bring attention to the noteworthy work that may be overlooked by traditional best-practices models. An evidence-based practice uses data to show student success in ways unique to each program— showing our commitment to meeting programs where they are.
Annually, programs from around the country chose to share with Excelencia narratives of positive impact on Latino student success through Examples of Excelencia. With each compendium Excelencia brings to a national audience a snapshot of their good work. Programs are recognized across the following levels: associate, baccalaureate, graduate and community-based organizations. Excelencia has aggregated the programs within following issue areas: access, retention, transfer, support services, and academic supports/disciplines.
Program practices, as well as their evidence of effectiveness, and contact information are also found in our Growing What Works Database. This information is updated regularly to ensure information is current and useful for those who would like to learn more about how to implement what works for Latino students.
By sharing what works we hope to prompt educators and policymakers to take an asset-based approach to serving Latino students and inspire these decision makers to work to increase Latino student success by supporting, replicating, and bringing to scale evidence-based practices.