Study shows 5.5 million Latino college graduates will give U.S. top spot in degree attainment

By Raul Garcia Jr.
Twitter: @rgarcia_LE

To continue informing national and state-level action on Latino college completion, Excelencia in Education released 53 separate fact sheets updating the current status of college completion among Latinos nationally, in each state, and in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

“America’s success is intertwined with the educational success of Latinos, and that takes leadership not only in Washington, but in statehouses and communities all across the country,” said Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (Texas), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training. “Excelencia aims to give us critical information to strengthen America by strengthening the educational success of Latinos.”

Excelencia in Education last released these fact sheets in 2012, and the new data reveal progress nationally, with the gap in graduation rates between Latinos and Whites across the United States dropping to 9 percent, compared to 14 percent two years prior.

“We hope these state snapshots seed questions and discussions that compel action within communities,” said Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in Education’s chief operating officer and vice president for policy. “For example, why does California, the state with the largest Latino population in the nation, not have a single college break into the top five nationally for awarding degrees to Latinos?”

Each fact sheet includes state-level data on the population, representation among kindergarten through 12th grade students, educational attainment of adults, multiple comparative measures of equity gaps in degree attainment, the top five institutions enrolling and graduating Latinos, and examples of promising, evidence-based practices in each state for improving Latino college completion.

Latino College Completion in 50 States is a project of Excelencia’s in Education’s national initiative, Ensuring America’s Future by Increasing Latino College Completion, which brings together leaders from seven sectors to develop and provide specific tools and information to accelerate Latino degree attainment while serving all students.

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