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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. Through a comprehensive, year-long process, Excelencia in Education identifies and promotes programs increasing academic opportunities and improving achievement for Latino students in higher education. We focus on results and disseminating these effective practices to others interested in serving Latino students.

Over 15 Years of Promoting What Works for Latino Students

Since its inception, more than 1,500 programs have been submitted for consideration and over 300 have been highlighted by Excelencia in Education. The large number of nominations and evidence-based practices show that there is a significant portfolio of existing practices increasing Latino student success across the country. Examples of Excelencia is a compilation of these evidence-based practices and serves as a resource for other institutions and community-based organizations considering efforts to improve their services to Latino students.

In 2020, Examples of Excelencia received 112 program submissions representing 24 states, DC and Puerto Rico. Of these 112 programs, twenty programs were recognized as 2020 Examples of Excelencia Finalists. From the Finalists, four Examples of Excelencia––one in each respective category––were nationally recognized at the annual Examples of Excelencia capstone event, Celebración de Excelencia. Additionally, 17 programs were recognized as Programs to Watch––innovative, up-and-coming programs that have already made some positive impact on the success of their Latino students.

Celebración de Excelencia is the annual capstone event recognizing the Examples of Excelencia for that year. Paired annually with Celebración de Excelencia is the Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Institute—the meeting place for professionals leading effective strategies for Latino student success in higher education. We invite you to view our 2020 Celebración de Excelencia here.

2021 Celebración de Excelencia October 28
2021 Announcement of the Seal of Excelencia Certified Institutions October 29