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  • Five of California’s four-year colleges and universities were recognized among a list of 10 institutions that have aided Hispanic and Latino students obtain college degrees.
  • The list is compiled by the nonprofit group Excelencia in Education, which aims to help Latino students succeed in higher education.
  • The California institutions recognized by the nonprofit organization are California State University, Fresno; California State University, Fullerton; San Diego State University; University of California, Merced; and the University of California, Riverside.

Five of California’s four-year colleges and universities were recognized among a list of 10 institutions that have aided Hispanic and Latino students obtain college degrees. 

The list is compiled by the nonprofit group Excelencia in Education, which aims to help Latino students succeed in higher education, for its 2021 Seal of Excelencia.

“These Seal certified institutions have been able to articulate and demonstrate they are modeling the behavior we need to see to accelerate Latino student success,” said Co-founder and CEO of Excelencia in Education Deborah Santiago in a press release. “They are having [a] measurable impact in changing the face of higher education.”

The California institutions recognized by the nonprofit organization are California State University, Fresno; California State University, Fullerton; San Diego State University; University of California, Merced; and the University of California, Riverside.


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The other five institutions include Miami Dade College; Texas A&M University, San Antonio; University of Central Florida; University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; and Wilbur Wright College.

Though California is the state with the largest Latino population in the United States, its four-year Latino college students still have a lower graduation rate than its four-year white students 57 to 67 percent.

The 10 colleges and universities on the 2021 Seal of Excelencia list are joined by 14 previous honorees, with the 24 total institutions making up 10 percent of all Latino college students in the U.S.

“These 24 Seal certified institutions are trendsetters,” Santiago said. “Combined, they enrolled 10 percent of all Latino college students and graduated 12 percent of all Latinos in the U.S. That is powerful and says a lot about their intentionality.”


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Published on Nov 03, 2021