Examples of Excelencia
Meeting the increasing challenges of a global economy requires all in the U.S. are well educated, especially the growing Latino population. Now, more than ever, it is necessary to build momentum to capture the talents of Latino students and enhance their transitions into a highly skilled workforce and into leadership roles in the U.S. society.
Launched in 2005, the Examples of Excelencia initiative is designed to help reach this goal by identifying and honoring programs and departments at the forefront of increasing academic opportunities and improving achievement for Latino students at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. We focus on results and disseminating these promising practices to others interested in serving Latino students. We invite you to make a nomination for a program you believe deserves to be recognized as an Example of Excelencia.
Through the Examples of Excelencia initiative, we hope to achieve three major goals:
- Focus on better results for Latino students – We want to identify good ideas, tactics and strategies at work within colleges and universities today and share this information with other educators and policymakers to make an even bigger impact.
- Recognition – We want to offer public recognition to the educators, community based organizations and institutions who lead these efforts by making good use of resources to serve Latino college-going students and all students well.
- Dissemination – We want to share action oriented profiles about these effective efforts with educators, policymakers and business leaders ready to invest time and resources in serving Latino students and thus growing the country’s future workforce and leadership.
The 2013 Examples of Excelencia call for nominations closed May 3, 2013. Programs or departments of institutions of higher education could have submitted as associate, baccalaureate or graduate level nominations. Nominations could have been made within one of these categories (students served by the nominated program may be at mixed-levels). One program at each level will be recognized as the 2013 Example of Excelencia on October 1, 2013 on Capitol Hill. Learn more
Although nominated programs should have a demonstrated record of achievement in accelerating Latino student success in higher education, nominations for small and/or new programs were encouraged.
The following information was required for nominations:
- Nominees' contact information
- Contact information for key program or department personnel
- Explanation for nominating the program or department
Once a nomination was submitted, Excelencia in Education staff contacted the key program or department personnel included in the nomination and invited them to complete a profile in order to be considered for the 2013 Examples of Excelencia.
Who may nominate?
Individuals within, or familar with but not part of, programs or departments of postsecondary education providing direct services in access, outreach, and academic or professional advancement with a record of evidence-based results for Latino students were encouraged to nominate.
Individuals within programs and departments could have nominated their own programs. We also encouraged nominations from programs or departments previously submitted but not selected as the Example of Excelencia Honorees.
What Characteristics are we looking for?
We are looking for programs and departments with the following characteristics:
- Record of achievement in graduating Latino students
- Evidence of effectiveness in serving Latino students
- Leadership with demonstrated commitment to accelerating Latino student achievement by measuring progress and implementing practices and policies to achieve the goal
- Strong networks with other stakeholders, including schools and colleges, clinics, other community-based organizations, practitioners, and professionals
- Professional staff focused on addressing the needs of Latino students and all students
- Services and programs that integrate Latino culture and enhance Latino students’ navigation between their homes, community, schools and their professions
How do I nominate?
To be considered for the 2013 Examples of Excelencia, a complete profile of nominated programs/departments was needed. Nominations were accepted through May 3, 2013.
The Examples of Excelencia initiative follows a two-step review process:
- Excelencia staff review submitted information by academic level to assess the nomination's impact on Latino achievement in higher education and identifies finalists.
- A selection committee comprised of experts from diverse national organizations assesses and selects one Example of Excelencia at each academic level for recognition.
Benefits to selected programs and departments
The 2013 Example of Excelencia at each academic level will receive the following:
- A financial award of $5,000 to support their programming efforts;
- Acknowledgement at the Celebración de Excelencia on October 1, 2013 with policymakers, educators, and civic leaders to recognize these effective programs or departments;
- Inclusion of their profile in the 2013 edition of What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education;
- Inclusion in the Growing What Works Database, an online searchable database;
- An invitation to present at the ALASS (Accelerating Latino Student Success) Workshop being held in Washington, DC on October 2, 2013; and,
- National media attention and recognition in Excelencia's online communication.
Benefits of making a nomination
All individuals, institutions, and organizations that made a nomination will receive:
- Acknowlegement at the Celebración de Excelencia on October 1, 2013 with policymakers, educators, and civic leaders to recognize these effective programs or departments;
- An invitation to the ALASS (Accelerating Latino Student Success) Workshop with the 2013 Examples of Excelencia. The 4th annual ALASS Workshop will be held in Washington, DC on October 2, 2013; and,
- Inclusion in Excelencia in Education’s mailing list for updates on Latino student success in higher education.
Our dissemination partners help to inform and encourage educators, policy makers, and business leaders to nominate to the annual Examples of Excelencia initiative.
Previous Examples of Excelencia
Since 2006, programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels have been recognized based on their evidence of boosting Latino college enrollment, performance, and graduation. Learn more about these forward leaning efforts by year: three programs at institutions of higher education were chosen based on their evidence of boosting Latino college enrollment, performance, or graduation. Learn more about the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Examples of Excelencia recipients.
If you have questions regarding Examples of Excelencia, please email email@example.com.
- 2008 What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education
- 2009 What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education
- 2010 What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education
- 2011 What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education
- 2012 What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education
- ¡Excelencia in Education! Honors 2009 Examples of ¡Excelencia!
- 2007 Examples of ¡Excelencia!: Ivelisse Estrada Video Address
- 2007 Examples Showcase Highlights
- 2007 Examples Showcase: Compact for Success
- 2008 Celebracion de Excelencia Highlights
- 2008 Examples of ¡Excelencia! Capitol Hill Showcase Highlights
- 2008 Examples of ¡Excelencia! Welcome Message from Henry Cisneros
- 2010 Celebración de Excelencia
- 2010 Examples of Excelencia - Carreras en Salud (Careers in Health)
- 2010 Examples of Excelencia - College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
- 2010 Examples of Excelencia - Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI)
- 2011 Celebración de Excelencia
- 2011 Example of Excelencia - Early College High School (ECHS) Initiative
- 2011 Example of Excelencia - Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program at the Carlos Albizu University (CAU)
- 2011 Example of Excelencia - STEP 2 (Successful Tranisition to Educator Preparation)
- Carreras en Salud (Carrers in Health) - Madeline Roman-Vargas
- College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) - Minerva Gonzalez
- Dr. John Hope Franklin Award
- Examples 2009: Barbara Burke
- Examples of ¡Excelencia! 2008: Norman Millar, Director of the School of Architecture
- Examples of ¡Excelencia! 2008: Richard Cherwitz, Director, Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium
- Examples of ¡Excelencia! 2008: Tony Bracamonte, Director, Bilingual Nursing Fellows Program
- Examples of ¡Excelencia! 2009 Recipient: Frank García, The Puente Project
- Examples of ¡Excelencia! 2009 Recipients: John P. Elder, BACH
- Examples of ¡Excelencia! Recipient: Barbara Burke, SEES
- Examples of ¡Excelencia! Selection Process Discussed by Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, NALEO Educational Fund
- Excelencia in Education 2007 Examples Showcase: Enlace
- Excelencia in Education 2007 Examples Showcase: PSSSP
- Highlights from the 2009 Examples of ¡Excelencia!
- Princeton Theological Seminary - Joanne Rodriguez
- Why EduK supports Examples of Excelencia
- Why Participate in the Examples of Excelencia? Comments by Gregory Vincent, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin
- Why Participate? - Comments from Gregory Vincent, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin
- UTSA Academy of Teacher Excellence named Excelencia Award finalist
- DirectConnect at Valencia Wins National Excelencia Award
- La Salle University's BUSCA Program a Finalist in Excelencia in Education Award for Improving Higher Educational Achievement for Latino Students
- The Future Belongs to Woodbury
- Architect magazine: 'The Future Belongs to Woodbury'
- Excelencia in Education Awards Premier Honor to CSUSM
- Excelencia in Education President Lauds Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program
- Excelencia in Education Honors Programs at 2 Year and 4 Year Colleges & Universities Producing Workforce Success for Latino Students
- Excelencia in Education recognizes Cal State San Bernardino's LEAD organization
- Excelencia in Education Honors 2010 Examples of Excelencia
- Latino Student-focused College Programs Honored at U.S. Capitol
- Hispanic Theological Initiative Earns Excelencia In Education Honors
- Latinos Find Success in School of Architecture
- Hinojosa Remarks to ¡Excelencia! in Education
- ACE Wins Award, Partners With PetSmart
- Sallie Mae Sponsorship Highlights Programs Accelerating Latino Student Success
- Diverse Presents Award to Arturo Madrid During the 2009 Examples of ¡Excelencia!
- Cal Poly Pomona Receives Award for Commitment to Latino Student Success
- Cal Poly Pomona Recognized for Supporting Latino Students
- Spanish Facilitator Program Flourishes
- National Group Honors First-Year Transition Program
- UNC Program Receives Recognition from ¡Excelencia in Education!
- OLLU psychology program wins award
Programs & Initiatives
- Ensuring America's Future (EAF)
- Examples of Excelencia
- Growing What Works Database
- Growing What Works
- ALASS: Accelerating Latino Student Success