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Examples of Excelencia

…We have created a tradition, on the national landscape, where the ability to focus and serve Latino students at the programmatic level is honored and recognized in the way it always should have been.

Sarita Brown, President, Excelencia in Education
Cultivating Excelencia Podcast, Sept 9, 2020

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2023 Examples of Excelencia Announced

Excelencia recognizes four outstanding programs that exemplify academic opportunity and accelerate Latino student success.

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Sharing What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education

Click to download our 2023 Compendium featuring programs recognized this year and learn more about their practices and impact.

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Growing What Works Database

Looking to connect with program leaders recognized by Excelencia? Search the Growing What Works Database for others positively impacting Latino students.

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2023 Examples of Excelencia Announced

2023 Examples of Excelencia at the four levels: Associate, Baccalaureate, Graduate and CBO

 Join us in elevating the programs recognized for their intentional and culturally relevant evidence-based practices demonstrating success for Latino students:


- Engineering Program at Wright, City Colleges of Chicago, Wilbur Wright College (IL) - Associate Level
- Spanish Community Translation and Interpreting Program, The University of Texas at Arlington (TX) - Baccalaureate Level
- Graduate Equity Fellowship Program, California State University, Chico (CA) - Graduate Level
- College and Career Success, Breakthrough Central Texas (TX) - Community-Based Organization Level

Learn more about all of this year’s recognized programs, including the 19 Finalists and 8 Programs to Watch.

What works to improve the success of Latino students in higher education?

Examples of Excelencia is the only national data-driven initiative to recognize programs at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels as well as at community-based organizations with evidence of effectiveness in accelerating Latino student success.

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How can evidence-based programs accelerate Latino student success?

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. Evidence-based practices use data and storytelling to show student success in ways unique to each program— demonstrating what intentionally serving Latino students looks like at institutions and community-based organizations across the country.

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How can I find programs having a positive impact on Latino student success?

Explore and connect with the programs in our Growing What Works Database, a free, online database designed to connect funders, policymakers, and other practitioners to evidence-based programs working for Latino students. Search today and connect to a program in your state, sector, academic discipline or issue area.

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How does Excelencia find programs intentionally SERVING Latino students?

Annually Excelencia seeks out programs for Examples of Excelencia through a rigorous review of profile submissions that look at intentionality and positive impact in serving Latino students in higher education. The process launches with a national call for nominations and culminates in a public celebration of honored programs at Celebración de Excelencia. To learn more about the process visit our Examples of Excelencia submission portal.

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How do I get started with Examples of Excelencia?

Ready to share your program’s story with a national audience for the 2023 Examples of Excelencia? Reach out to the Institutional Practices team today to learn more about convening opportunities for practitioners or how to get started with our evidence-based practices efforts.



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