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How Excelencia in Education Recognizes Programs


Examples of Excelencia recognizes programs in various categories for their work accelerating Latino student success. Learn more about these categories below.

Programs may be recognized as Programs to Watch, Examples of Excelencia Finalists, or the Example of Excelencia in their respective level (associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and community-based organizations).

Programs to Watch

Excelencia in Education recognizes innovative, up-and-coming programs that have already made some positive impact on the success of their Latino students and are growing their evidence of effectiveness as Programs to Watch.

Learn about previous Programs to Watch here.

Programs recognized as Programs to Watch are eligible to apply for Examples of Excelencia every year until they are recognized as the Example of Excelencia in their respective level.

Examples of Excelencia Finalists

Excelencia in Education identifies standout programs that are accelerating Latino student success as Examples of Excelencia Finalists in each level (associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and community-based organizations).

Learn about last year's Examples of Excelencia Finalists here.

Programs recognized as Examples of Excelencia Finalists are eligible to apply for Examples of Excelencia every year until they are recognized as the Example of Excelencia in their respective level.

Examples of Excelencia

Excelencia selects one exemplary program in the associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and community-based organization levels as the Example of Excelencia for that year's cycle.

Learn about last year's Examples of Excelencia here.

Promotion of All Recognized Programs

Examples of Excelencia recognized programs in each category receive promotion that will help elevate their ongoing efforts. Learn more about each recognition category below.

All recognized programs receive:

In addition, Finalists receive:

  • Inclusion in our Growing What Works Database—the only national online, searchable database that serves to promote effective institutional practices for Latino students.
  • Complimentary enrollment in Excelencia in Action—our national network taking action to accelerate Latino student success.
  • Program recognition by their respective member of Congress through Excelencia’s outreach.

The Examples of Excelencia receive all of the above and:

  • A $5,000 financial contribution to further sustain programmatic efforts.

Our program team will also connect regularly with recognized programs to provide relevant opportunities and connections that strengthen and facilitate learning among program practitioners accelerating Latino student success. We follow up every 2 to 3 years with recognized programs to receive updated program information. This outreach supports further program opportunities for:

  • Inclusion in research & publications.
  • Programming offered through our Excelencia in Action network.

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