The goals of ELDP are to graduate highly educated individuals prepared to lead in a variety of educational settings; to emphasize research in Latino and border education issues; to improve educational outcomes; to enhance economic conditions for Latino communities; to promote instructional programs of high quality for diverse students; and to support leadership development for members of nationally underrepresented groups in high level academic positions. The overall vision of the program is to be foremost in the United States in producing educational leaders who understand the needs of educationally disadvantaged students and are committed to changing conditions to improve educational opportunities for all.
In the 10 years that ELDP-UTPA has been a stand-alone program, 123 students have participated in cohort study. The first three graduate degrees were conferred in May 2001. From 2001 to 2008, 34 students have graduated and received their EdD in Educational Leadership; 75% of these graduates were Latino. Currently, 27 students have passed their comprehensive exams and are in the dissertation-writing phase; 85% of these students are Latino. Of the Texas public universities offering doctoral programs (EdD and PhD) in Educational Leadership or Educational Administration, UTPA awards the largest percentage of doctoral degrees to Hispanics.