Excelencia in Education

Author: by Sarita E. Brown, President

May 16, 2018

Some believe a focus on race and ethnicity divides us as a society. Excelencia in Education, a national, nonprofit organization, believes acknowledging racial and ethnic trends describe our society in useful ways. Using data and analysis to identify factors that influence the success of specific student populations establishes the baseline information from which to develop more effective policies, engage diverse stakeholders, and enhance the active and tactical responses needed to better serve Latino and all students.

Excelencia in Education accelerates Latino student success in higher education by promoting Latino student achievement, conducting analysis to inform educational policies, advancing evidence- based institutional practices while building a network of presidents and chancellors committed making their institutions learning environments where Latinos student thrive. Now in it’s 14th year Excelencia is working with results-oriented educators and policymakers to address the U.S. economy’s need for a highly educated workforce and engaged civic leadership.

Excelencia has developed a broad range of venues and platforms to share tactics and strategies for the benefit of Latino students everywhere, including:

• Examples of Excelencia. Since 2005, this national effort has promotes evidence-based practices that advance academic achievement for Latinos developed in campuses across the country.  We have recognized more than 180 programs and helped raise awareness of what exceptional efforts look like at the associate-, baccalaureate-, graduate-level and in community-based organizations that serve Latino students. Includes the national announcement at the Celebración de Excelencia held each fall in Washington, DC.  This year’s date is October 11, 2018. 

• Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Institute is the meeting place for professionals leading effective strategies for Latino student success in higher education. Participants learn about and share evidence-based practices, strategies and resources that increase Latino degree completion at the community, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. Institute participants exchange tactical information that promotes the use of compelling, effective campus-based strategies for institutional leaders, administrators, and staff. The ALASS Institute is paired annually with Celebración de Excelencia to celebrate and learn what works to increase Latino student success in higher education. This year’s date is October12, 2018. 

• The Growing What Works Database. A searchable online database of practices and contacts, the database serves as a resource for institutional leaders, funders, and policymakers.  The database is part of a suite of strategic information and tools designed for institutions that are striving to better serve Latino students and all students.

Learn more about Excelencia’s work and active collaboration with higher education institutions across the country by visiting

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