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Southwestern Adventist University’s President Affiliates With Excelencia in Education’s Presidents for Latino Student Success Network

Ana Patterson

Ana Patterson; Photo provided by Southwestern Adventist University

Excelencia in Education, the nation’s premier authority in efforts accelerating Latino student success in higher education, announced today that Southwestern Adventist University has chosen to be part of the Presidents for Latino Student Success network.

This national network is comprised of college and university presidents and chancellors who commit to making their institutions learning environments where Latino students thrive. The institutions in Excelencia’s network are transforming higher education.

Of the thousands of colleges and universities across the country, the more than 150 leaders of the 175 institutions in the network enroll one in four of all Latino students in higher education. More importantly, these institutions account for one in three of all Latino graduates. In fact, a subset of the Excelencia network, 24 institutions that have been certified with the Seal of Excelencia, represents 10 percent of all Latino enrollment and graduates 12 percent of all Latinos in the U.S. Southwestern Adventist University’s president, Ana Patterson, is now affiliated with Excelencia in Education’s Presidents for Latino Student Success Network.

Excelencia professionals, the leadership network, and their campus teams, actively collaborate to put evidence-based practices and strategic analysis of student data to use supporting and advancing the talents, skills, and contributions of Latino students and the institutions.

Sarita Brown, co-founder and president of Excelencia, said, “Higher education leaders with skills and vision are fundamental to our country’s strong recovery. Those prepared to engage and intentionally serve Latino students, while serving all their students, will lead the way.”

Excelencia is honored to work with the trendsetting presidents and chancellors who have accepted this challenge. The leaders in the network have made common cause with Excelencia to accelerate Latino student success in higher education.

"Southwestern Adventist University is a proud Hispanic-serving institution, and we are honored to join the Excelencia in Education network,” said Patterson. “We look forward to collaborating with like-minded leaders as we seek to implement strategies that lead to successful outcomes for students. Our campus is committed to providing quality education to all of our students as they prepare for a life of leadership and service."

Through the network, Patterson will collaborate with Excelencia to leverage collective expertise and resources, foster partnerships, and amplify current efforts at the national level.

Click here to learn more about the Presidents for Latino Student Success network and the other institutional leaders across the country affiliated with Excelencia.