Nominations Due April 26 for America’s Top Programs That Increase College Success for Latinos

Is there a program or department making a difference for Latino college students in your community?

With support from ACT, Excelencia in Education, the nation’s premier thought leader for accelerating Latino student success in higher education, is seeking nominations for the 2013 Examples of Excelencia, America’s recognized programs that increase college success for Latinos.

Nominations will be accepted at the associate, baccalaureate, or graduate levels until 5 p.m. EST April 26. 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 are encouraged.

After April 26, Excelencia in Education will contact nominees for more detailed information about their programs. A selection committee comprised of experts from diverse national organizations will assess and select a group of national finalists at the associate, baccalaureate, or graduate levels. These finalists will become part of Excelencia in Education’s “What Works for Latino Student Success in Higher Education” compendium and Growing What Works database, a searchable resource of hundreds of evidence-based practices that institutions and policy makers can draw on to improve Latino student success.

From these finalists, the selection committee will choose the top program at each level to be announced as the 2013 Examples of Excelencia in Washington on October 1 during the 8th annual Celebración de Excelencia. In addition to special recognition, selected programs will receive a financial award of $5,000.

ACT CEO Jon Whitmore was a featured speaker at the 2011 Celebración de Excelencia event, where he noted that, “The educational achievements of Hispanic students are critical to our nation’s future.” ACT is a national partner in Excelencia in Education’s initiative Ensuring America’s Future by Increasing Latino College Completion and supports Excelencia in Education’s work to identify and replicate successful programs.

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