Research and Data

Research & Policy

Excelencia in Education is synonymous with Latino student success. With a steady focus on research and data, Excelencia effectively communicates to policy makers and others insights that matter most in advancing Latino students in higher education.

Diana Natalicio, President Emeritus, University of Texas at El Paso

Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)

Learn more about the 2021-2022 HSIs, Emerging HSIs (eHSIs), and HSIs with Graduate Programs (gHSIs).


Read our collection of policy analyses and recommendations to support Latino student success.

Latino College Completion
Latino College Completion

Explore Latino college completion nationally, for all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico.

Higher Education in Puerto Rico
Higher Education in Puerto Rico

Learn more about institutional resilience efforts by five Puerto Rican HSIs.

Expanding Knowledge About Latinos in Higher Education

Research - Expanding Latino Student Success in Higher Education

Since 2004, Excelencia has been the national leader in developing strategic research guided by the experiences and realities of today's Latino and other post-traditional students to inform action by community and institutional leaders and policy makers that facilitates institutional change.

Excelencia uses a Latino lens to bring to the forefront what we know about Latino student success, what works to improve it, and what decision makers can do.

Ensuring America’s Future: Latino College Completion 2023

Latino College Completion 2023: United States

Excelencia in Education remains committed to Ensuring America’s Future by increasing Latino college completion. Excelencia’s most recent analysis of public data on enrollment, degree completion, and degree attainment shows that degree completion gaps have increased between Latino students and their White peers. To close the gap in degree completion, the United States requires a tactical plan to reach the Latino degree attainment goal of 6.2 million degrees earned by 2030. This plan must include strategies to help Latinos accelerate degree completion while supporting increased attainment for all students.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) Lists: 2021-22

Excelencia's HSI Lists: 2021-22

What is included in Excelencia’s new release and how can I learn more using this analysis?

Access Excelencia’s lists of the 2021-22 HSIs, eHSIs, and gHSIs
Learn more from Excelencia’s summary of HSIs, eHSIs, and gHSIs in the HSIs Fact Sheet.
Visualize fast facts with Excelencia’s 2021-22 HSIs Infographic.
Explore the 2021-22 data on HSIs in Excelencia’s new interactive dashboard.
Learn more about the evolution of HSIs through Excelencia’s GIS StoryMap.

Beyond an HSI Designation: Exploring Strategic Practices for HSI Grant Participation

Beyond an HSI Designation: Exploring Strategic Practices for HSI Grant Participation

Excelencia in Education collaborated with six HSIs to understand their strategic practices with participating in competitive federal grant programs. Institutions shared their current strategies for preparing federal grant applications, how they have leveraged federal funding to advance and sustain institutional efforts, and what it means to them to be an HSI. Learn more about how these six HSIs apply for and utilize federal funding to serve their Latino students.

Latinas at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)

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The Latino population in the United States has grown significantly over the last decade, and Latina representation has grown more quickly than Latinos. This factsheet provides an overview of the Latina population, as well as the college enrollment and educational attainment of Latinas at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) — a critical set of institutions enrolling and graduating Latinos in the U.S.

Institutional Resilience in Puerto Rico: A First Look at Efforts by Puerto Rican HSIs

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Excelencia in Education collaborated with five Puerto Rican HSIs to understand their institutional resilience efforts. Over the last five years, Puerto Rico and its colleges and universities have faced financial, natural, demographic, health, and leadership challenges. The intersection of all these challenges created a nexus for institutional resilience efforts. Learn more about how these five HSIs have adapted to compounding challenges in their current context.

Beyond Completion: Post-Completion Efforts at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Beyond Completion - Post-Completion Efforts at Hispanic-Serving Institutions - Brief Cover Page

Excelencia in Education partnered with seven HSIs to continue exploring and examining the institutions' post-completion success efforts. This brief offers findings to enhance an institution’s interest and ability to invest in strategies to support students beyond completion, features institutional strategies and practices, shares lessons learned, and offers recommendations for action for institutions looking to scale up their post-completion success efforts. Learn more about how these seven HSIs recognize their role goes beyond completion by preparing students for the workforce, offering support to completers, and tracking completers after earning an educational credential at their institution.


Click refine below to find information on Latinos and education pathways, financial aid, institutional practices, student success, workforce, and HSI-related research. 

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