The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015-Hispanic Students

Offers recommendations for policy and practice that policymakers and schools can implement to increase Latino college and career readiness.

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Celebración de Excelencia & Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Workshop

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Excelencia in Education accelerates Latino student success in higher education by promoting Latino student achievement, conducting analysis to inform educational policies, and advancing institutional practices while collaborating with those committed and ready to meet the mission.

2014-15 HSI Data

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are identified by their Latino student enrollment, rather than by their institutional mission. New analysis includes the most recent lists for HSIs, Emerging HSIs, and HSIs with graduate programs.

Unidos Project: Community Organizing for Latino Student Success
Learn how the Unidos Project used knowledge of New Mexico’s history, culture, and the Hispano/Latino community to develop a sustainable, culturally relevant, and unique community organizing model to improve Latino student success in education.



Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) enroll over 60 percent of Latino undergraduates and generally enroll a high enrollment of needy students with relatively limited resources. The federal government has funded the development of HSIs since 1995 to expand and enhance their capacity, quality, and the educational achievement of their Latinos and other low-income students. This brief examines the impact of 20 years of investment in HSIs and the link of this support on Latino student success.

Hispanics’ graduation rates at the most selective institutions of higher education are higher than at less selective institutions. Yet, only 12 percent of Latinos are enrolled at these institutions. This brief examines the profile of Latino students at the most selective institutions in the U.S. and reviews the institutional efforts at four universities in California to frame a better understanding of factors that might explicitly and intentionally support Latino student success.



The Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) was established in 1991 to address the severe shortage of Latinos in medicine. The Center aims to develop an educational pipeline from high school to medical school faculty.

Since 2010, the STEM program at Fresno Pacific University (FPU) has been a learning community designed to support Latino, first-generation, and low-income students seeking a degree in STEM. The mission of the STEM program is to increase bachelor degree attainment among Latino, first-generation...

Founded in 1987, PIQE operates nine parent development programs to teach parents how to navigate/impact the school system and promote meaningful interaction/partnerships between parents, schools, and educators. In an effort to significantly improve the overall academic performance, college...

In 2006, South Texas College (STC) partnered with Progreso ISD to develop an Early College High School (ECHS) Program. Early College High Schools specifically target populations of students that are potential first-generation college attendees from low socio-economic backgrounds. They provide a...

Supporting Our Leaders (SOL) Youth Program is a program within the education department of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan founded in 1978. SOL is the only Latino youth program in Kent County designed to promote the educational success of the entire family through innovative and...

Express to Success aims to increase success and completion rates in developmental math and English for Latino students who place one to two levels below college level courses through the collaboration between students and teachers in learning communities.

The LARES (Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services) Program was founded in 1975 to improve Latino students’ college level skills in math, reading, writing, and critical thinking while developing leadership skills. The LARES program also collaborates with schools, community colleges...

The Graduate Support Center was established in 2010 aims to increase the persistence rate of Latino Master’s degree students by implementing academic and support initiatives while integrating engagement of the student’s family. The Center offers an Academic Workshop Series, a Graduate Writing...

Raúl H. Yzaguirre, Founding President of the National Council of La Raza, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, and Emeritus Honorary Board Member of Excelencia in Education reflects upon Excelencia in Education and the organization's impact.

Elsa Núñez, President of Eastern Connecticut State University, discusses identifying potential for Latino student success and the Dual College Program.


Beatriz Felix graduated from Russellville High School in 2012 in the top 25 of her class, and remains driven to complete her goals.

Excelencia in Education, a national organization that promotes programs that increase opportunities for Latino and Latina students, has recognized UNC. The Cumbres Teacher Support and Preparation Program was named a 2016 Example of Excelencia finalist, one of 20 across 33 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

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