Excelencia in Education Data Institute

Thursday, March 28, 8:00–5:30 p.m.

The Data Institute is now full.  For questions about the program and Excelencia’s Ladder of Engagement institutes, please contact Joanna D. SánchezProgram Manager - Seal of Excelencia, Excelencia in Education.

Separate registration and fee required ($200 per person from an AAC&U member campus; $250 per person for non-members); space is limited, please register early. Institutional teams of 5 are strongly encouraged. Pre-institute preparation is required; materials will be provided upon registration.

The Data Institute is the first in Excelencia’s series of Ladder of Engagement institutes intended to strengthen institutional capacity in the Seal of Excelencia’s core components: data, practice, and leadership. The Ladder provides technical assistance for a network of institutions committed to sharing and improving their efforts in SERVING Latino students.

Institutional teams will have opportunities throughout the day to engage in collaborative learning and sharing within, and across institutional teams, to develop institutional plans for leveraging data to identify gaps and needs for transformative change. An impressive cadre of data experts and foundation representatives will share information, strategies, and resources to enhance your institution’s efforts in SERVING Latino students. The institute is geared toward institutional teams of administrators, faculty, and staff from two- and four-year institutions with an intentional focus on Latino student success.

Schedule of Events

8:00 am – 8:30 am

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 am – 8:45 am

Welcome & Overview of the Day

Deborah Santiago, CEO, Excelencia in Education

8:45 am - 10:15am

Data Availablity and How to Use It


Afet Dundar, Director, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

Nicole Ifill, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Increase the capacity of institutions to disaggregate data (enrollment, retention, transfer, financial support, faculty and staff representation, and graduation) to inform initiatives that accelerate Latino college completion; share information and effective practices on how to use federal, state, and institutional datasets to support the disaggregation of data.

10:15 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Program Evaluation Informed by Data


Amanda Quintero, Associate Vice Provost for Student Success & Community Engagement, California State University-Channel Islands
Jasmine Haywood, Strategic Impact and Learning Officer, Lumina Foundation
Assist institutions in developing and implementing rigorous program evaluation that is grounded in research methodology and critical analysis and is purposefully culturally relevant to Latino student success; will deconstruct the elements of effective and efficient program evaluation such as purpose, principles, strategies and tools.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Equity Score Card for Institutions

Debbie Hanson, Senior Project Specialist, Center for Urban Education, University of Southern California
Build institutional capacity to identify, assess, and respond to race-based inequities in student outcomes; a collaborative approach to increase awareness of inequities in student outcomes and accountability for removing the systemic barriers of institutional curricula, practices, processes, and beliefs.

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm


2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Developing Institutional Plans for Leveraging Data to Tell Your Story

Sarah Belnick, Program Director, College Success
Desiree Zerquera, Data Coach, Achieving the Dream
Leverage internal and external communications for sharing data to demonstrate intentional commitment to serve Latino students and sustain momentum toward achieving institutional Latino student success goals.

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Institute Review

Deborah Santiago, CEO, Excelencia in Education

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Closing Networking Reception

Excelencia in Education
Presented in partnership with Excelencia in Education.