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2020 Seal of Excelencia

August 17 @ 8:00 am - October 1 @ 5:00 pm UTC-7

Excelencia in Education’s mission is to accelerate Latino student success in higher education. We are committed to significantly increasing the number of Latino students attaining college degrees by 2030 in partnership with institutions. As part of this commitment, Excelencia in Education established the Seal of Excelencia, a national certification for institutions that strive to go beyond enrollment to better SERVE Latino students.

To support and reinforce institutional capacity to better serve, Excelencia developed a framework that integrates essential components of transformation into a comprehensive institutional strategy for SERVING students. This framework represents learning from over 20 years of working with higher education institutions and is grounded in Excelencia’s research, identification of evidence-based practices, and extensive collaboration with a large network of leaders committed to the common cause of Latino student success.

Purpose of Seal of Excelencia

Latino college completion is improving but is not happening fast enough to close gaps in degree attainment. Purposely, the Seal of Excelencia distinguishes institutions SERVING Latino students with intentionality and impact. The Seal of Excelencia application aligns with the three core areas of Seal of Excelencia framework: data, practice, and leadership.

In 2019, Excelencia announced its first cohort of institutions receiving the Seal of Excelencia certification. To learn more about 2019 Seal of Excelencia certified institutions, click here.

Excelencia is committed to working in partnership with institutions to share and learn strategies that align data, practice, and leadership as a community of learners to accelerate Latino student success. Further, we recognize that developing the ability to serve Latino students enhances the capacity of institutions to serve all students.

How to Apply for Seal of Excelencia

Institutions applying for the Seal of Excelencia will share their story of intentionally serving Latino students by providing the following:

  • A data snapshot of Latinos being served at the institution;
  • Strategies with corresponding practices and/or programs that are aligned to institutional data and show impact on Latino student success; and
  • Leadership strategies that overtly demonstrate institutional commitment and intentionality to SERVE Latino students.

To submit your application for Seal of Excelencia, click here.

Key Dates for Seal of Excelencia

June 22: Applications are due by 5pm EST

August: Finalists for the Seal of Excelencia will be notified and asked to participate in an interview with Excelencia.

September: 2020 Seal of Excelencia certified institutions are selected and notified.

October 1: Seal of Excelencia certified institutions will be publicly announced in Washington, DC.

Certification is acknowledged by Excelencia for three years. Institutions certified with the Seal of Excelencia will need to reapply for this certification in 2023.


August 17 @ 8:00 am UTC-7
October 1 @ 5:00 pm UTC-7


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