by Julieta Rico and Deborah Santiago

Many Latino college students have persisted, despite being disproportionately negatively affected by COVID-19, with institutional support. This year, Excelencia in Education invited programs to share how their work was impacted by COVID-19 and how they adapted to better SERVE their Latino, and all, students…


By Deborah Santiago and Emily Labandera

Latino and Black students’ enrollment and retention have decreased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. From Spring through Fall 2020, both student groups saw disproportionate declines in enrollment and retention.

In the five years before the pandemic (Fall 2014 to Fall 2019), Latino…


by Deborah Santiago and Janette Martinez

Providing a guaranteed amount of funding for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), regardless if they’ve applied for a Title V grant, sends a core message of commitment and support for Hispanic-Serving Institutions. In a previous post, we argued that to more equitably support Latino student success…


Ellen Lee, Policy & Research Intern

As a DACA recipient, I carry a degree of privilege and access that undocumented students do not. At school, I am able to work legally under a work permit and hold a driver’s license, while undocumented students are not. Despite these important differences, several…


by Ellen Lee, Policy and Research Intern

As I prepare to graduate, I reflect on the ways in which my journey in higher education as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student could have been improved through policy changes. I am one of more than 450,000 undocumented students in…


by Deborah Santiago and Janette Martinez

Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) status is predicated on enrollment of Latino students. The data on HSIs are, quite literally, a starting point as they only capture student enrollment. However, these data can encourage higher education into thinking not only about how to enroll Latino students…


by Deborah Santiago and Janette Martinez

Addressing current student debt but not addressing other aid can exacerbate some of the inequities we seek to address through loan forgiveness. We must support both current borrowers and future students. As policymakers debate how to provide economic relief and recovery from the COVID-19…


by Deborah Santiago and Janette Martinez

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) disproportionately educate the majority of Latino students across the nation. As policymakers consider how to best support Latino students and HSIs, leveraging current programs and efforts provides an immediate opportunity for action. Title V, the Developing HSIs program, of the Higher…


by Deborah Santiago and Janette Martinez

Latinos have been hard hit by the economic and health effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the road to recovery requires equitable access and completion in higher education for Latinos .Throughout this election year, policy proposals around improving higher education to better serve students…


by Deborah Santiago and Janette Martinez

Excelencia’s analysis of federal data on Latino students shows that while all of these proposals would benefit Latino students, each one alone would not be enough to meet the needs of Latino students to ensure they succeed in postsecondary education.

On and off the…

Excelencia in Education

Excelencia informs, leads, & accelerates Latino student success in higher education through research, evidence-based practices, and leadership.

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