About the Examples of Excelencia Annual Cycle
The annual Examples of Excelencia cycle is a year-long effort comprised of seven major efforts. Learn more about each effort below.
- Call for Program Nominations
Beginning the first week of February, individuals have the ability to nominate a program at the associate, baccalaureate, graduate level or at a community-based organization for Examples of Excelencia. Nominations are generally open for a month.
All nominated programs are alerted of their nomination for Examples of Excelencia and are encouraged to complete a program profile submission form for the annual cycle. Only programs who provide a completed submission form are considered for that year's cycle.
- Call for Program Profile Submissions
Beginning the first week of February, programs at the associate, baccalaureate, graduate level or at a community-based organization have the opportunity to submit a program profile submission form for Examples of Excelencia.
The deadline to provide a submission form is 11:59 pm EST/8:59 pm PST on the posted due date for that year.
Only programs that provide a completed submission form by the deadline are considered for that year's cycle.
- Program Profile Submission Review
Once the program profile submission period closes, Excelencia staff reviews all completed submission forms to select a set of finalists in each of the four categories: associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and community-based organizations.
Selected Examples of Excelencia Finalists are then forwarded to an external committee of national experts for final review in the summer. This committee selects one program per category as the Example of Excelencia.
- Examples of Excelencia Finalists & Programs to Watch Announcement
Programs recognized as Examples of Excelencia Finalists and Examples of Excelencia Programs to Watch are publicly announced via Excelencia in Education's national network.
Programs selected as Examples of Excelencia Finalists and Programs to Watch are personally notified by our program team before the national release of recognized programs.
- Examples of Excelencia Announcement (Celebración de Excelencia)
From the Examples of Excelencia Finalists, Excelencia's external selection committee selects one program from each of the four categories as the Example of Excelencia for their exemplary efforts accelerating Latino student success. The Examples of Excelencia are announced at the annual capstone event, Celebración de Excelencia.
Programs selected as annual Examples of Excelencia are personally notified by our program team to coordinate promotional and recognition materials for Celebración de Excelencia.
- Examples of Excelencia Share What Works: Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Institute
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. The annual Examples of Excelencia are invited to share their evidence-based practices with fellow practitioners as the opening panel to the Institute.
Programs selected as annual Examples of Excelencia meet with Excelencia's CEO in advance to prepare for the ALASS Institute.
- Beyond the Examples of Excelencia Cycle
Promotion of Examples of Excelencia recognized programs continues beyond our national release of programs. Recognized programs are promoted throughout the year via Excelencia's publications, media releases, and social media platforms. Programs also have an opportunity to engage in Excelencia's upcoming research opportunities and programming available to our network.
Learn more about how recognized programs are promoted here.