Excelencia in Education

Last Updated: 05/19/2024

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Excelencia in Education, founded in 2004, accelerates Latino student success in higher education to address the U.S. economy’s need for a highly educated workforce and for civic leadership by:

  • Providing data-driven analysis of the educational status of Latinos
  • Promoting education policies and institutional practices that support their academic achievement
  • Organizing a network of professionals with common cause for Latino student success

Excelencia has been the national leader in developing strategic research to bring to the forefront what we know about Latino student success, what works to improve it, and what decision makers can do. Examples of areas of research and resources available include:

  • Post-completion efforts at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)
  • Latino college completion
  • HSI's role in economic mobility
  • Environmental scan of Puerto Rico
  • Information about eHSIs (Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions), and gHSIs (Hispanic-Serving Institutions with Graduate programs)
  • Providing data, fact sheets, and other resources

Excelencia developed a Seal of Excelencia Framework that integrates essential components of transformation into a comprehensive institutional strategy for serving students. The framework represents learning from over 20 years of working with higher education institutions. In 2023, 9 institutions earned the Seal of Excelencia in 2023 and 5 institutions were recertified to be a community of 39 trendsetting colleges and universities intentionally serving Latino students. An institution earns the Seal certification by demonstrating alignment across the three core areas: data, practice, and leadership.

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