How does the country accelerate Latino student success in higher education? The U.S. has to find programs and strategies that improve the success of Latino students, and then replicate or scale up those programs and strategies to serve more students. Those are the basic principles behind "Excelencia" in Education's Growing What Works (GWW) initiative. The Growing What Works initiative is "Excelencia" in Education's concerted effort to expand the reach of programs increasing Latino student success, as identified through the Examples of "Excelencia," and demonstrating how these programs can be replicated through small SEMILLAS (Seeding Educational Models that Impact and Leverage Latino Academic Success) grants. The results described in this brief were made possible through a working partnership with foundations and institutions of higher education who committed to achieve and propagate demonstrable results in accelerating Latino student success in higher education. This brief includes lessons learned from implementing the Growing What Works initiative and SEMILLAS grants. Critical in this time of great change for higher education and for Latino students is the following lesson. Targeted, well managed financial and human resources focused on Latino student success, not only produce effective results for students, the participating institutions and supporting foundations, but demonstrate the strength and viability of the these strategies to accelerate larger social impact and serve as catalysts for institutional change to increase Latino student success.