February 2016
The importance of college degree completion for U.S. society and economic competitiveness makes it imperative to improve educational outcomes for Latino students. Excelencia in Education responds to this challenge by linking research, policy, and practice that supports higher educational achievement for Latino students.

Launched in 2005, Examples of Excelencia is the only national initiative to systematically identify and honor programs boosting Latino enrollment, performance and graduation with evidence of effectiveness.

These programs are leading effective investments in postsecondary education today to increase the success of Latino and other post-traditional students. While these programs do not serve Latino students exclusively, they each disaggregate their data and can demonstrate success via common threads that include strong leadership, evidence of effectiveness and intentionality of serving Latino students.

Each compendium listed below provides a snapshot of that year’s programs recognized as Examples of Excelencia, along with information on programs selected as finalists. Excelencia recognizes programs in the following issue areas: access, retention, transfer, support, and academic program. Programs and/or departments at the associate, baccalaureate, graduate and community-based organization categories are included. We congratulate them for their current and continued efforts.

Additional information for each of the programs is included in our Growing What Works Database. The programs, as well as their evidence of effectiveness, and contact information are updated regularly to ensure they are current and useful for those who would like to learn more about how to implement what works for Latino students.

By sharing what works we hope to prompt educators and policymakers to take an asset-based approach to serving Latino students and inspire these decision makers to work to increase Latino student success by supporting, replicating, and bringing to scale evidence-based practices.

 

Reports Include: 

2016

This compendium contains one-page program summary of the four Examples of Excelencia and the 16 finalist programs making a positive difference in the educational achievement of Latino students in higher education.

   

2015

This compendium contains one-page program summary of the four Examples of Excelencia, the finalist programs, and the honorable mention programs making a positive difference in the educational achievement of Latino students in higher education.

   

2014

This compendium contains one-page program summary of the four Examples of Excelencia, the 15 finalist programs, and the 10 honorable mention programs making a positive difference in the educational achievement of Latino students in higher education. Excelencia has always worked with CBOs, and is proud to add this important group for recognition in Examples of Excelencia for the first time.

   

2013

This compendium contains a summary of the three 2013 Examples of Excelencia, the 15 finalist programs, and the five honorable mention programs making a positive difference in the educational achievement of Latino students in higher education. While not exhaustive, these summaries provide some insight into 23 successful programs and the key program characteristics essential to Latino student success.

 

2012

This compendium provides a summary of the three 2012 Examples of Excelencia selected as well as 16 finalist programs making a positive difference in the educational achievement of Latino students in higher education.

2011

The compendium provides a summary of the three 2011 Examples of Excelencia selected as well as 16 finalist programs making a positive difference in the educational achievement of Latino students in higher education. While not exhaustive, these summaries provide some insight into practices and key characteristics for Latino student success in higher education.

2010

The compendium provides a summary of the three institutional programs recognized as the 2010 Examples of Excelencia as well as the 10 finalist programs making a positive difference in the educational achievement of Latino students in higher education. The compendium also includes an overview of innovative efforts to address Latino college completion.

2009

This compendium provides a brief summary of the three 2009 Examples of Excelencia selected along with 10 programs selected as finalists and four programs chosen as honorable mentions.

2008

The compendium summarizes the three programs selected as the 2008 Examples of Excelencia as well as 14 semi-finalist programs making a positive difference in the educational achievement of Latino students in higher education.These summaries provide insight into what these successful programs are doing and the characteristics essential to Latino student success.

2007

The compendium provides a summary of the three 2007 Examples of Excelencia selected as well as 11 semi-finalist programs making a positive difference in the educational achievement of Latino students in higher education. In order to include more promising practices, this year also included summaries of 7 nominations considered “honorable mentions” with evidence that they are having a positive impact on Latino student success.

2006

The 2006 Examples of Excelencia compendium provides a description of the practices used by two programs (one associate and one baccelaureate level) and the results they achieved. This compendium also includes the same information for 13 additional programs identified as semi-finalists.

 

 

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  • General Research
  • Policy Briefs

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