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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 1,800 programs have been submitted for consideration and over 350 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 2021, Examples of Excelencia received 145 program submissions representing 23 states and Puerto Rico. Of these 145 programs, twenty-one programs were recognized as 2021 Examples of Excelencia Finalists. From the Finalists, four Examples of Excelencia––one at each respective level––were nationally recognized at the annual Examples of Excelencia capstone event, Celebración de Excelencia.

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 2021 Celebración de Excelencia here.

2022 Celebración de Excelencia September 29
Announcement of the 2022 Seal of Excelencia Certified Institutions September 30