ERIC Number: ED453771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Goal: To Double the Rate of Hispanics Earning a Bachelor's Degree.
Vernez, Georges; Mizell, Lee
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) set the goal of doubling the rate at which Hispanics earn bachelor's degrees. To gain a better understanding of what this would entail, HSF asked RAND to examine the implications of current trends and the costs and benefits of different approaches toward meeting the goal within 10 years. The study found that a combination of strategies focusing on all levels of education could double the college graduation rate of Hispanics, and that the benefits of achieving this goal would far outweigh the cost of accommodating the increase in school and college enrollment. Even including the extra costs for a range of programs that will be needed to support Hispanic students to continue their education and stay in school, the public would still gain in the form of increased revenues generated over the lifetime of the cohorts of Hispanics that would graduate from college. To estimate the costs of meeting the goal, the study considered three sets of strategies that focused on different levels of the education system: (1) those that targeted middle school and high school students; (2) those that facilitate the transition from high school to college; and (3) those that focus on keeping students in college until they graduate. Doubling the rate at which Hispanics earn bachelor's degrees would mean increases in enrollment of about 2% in U.S. high schools and 8% in colleges. These estimated increases in enrollment would be in addition to a 10% increase required to meet the projected growth of all college students in the next decade. There are two types of costs to be considered: investment needed to expand the capacity of high schools and colleges and investment in programs to help prepare and motivate Hispanic students. Some recommendations are made for achieving these goals. (Contains 22 figures and 31 endnotes.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, College Graduates, Costs, Educational Attainment, Educational Objectives, Enrollment, Higher Education, Hispanic American Students, School Holding Power
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Hispanic Scholarship Fund, San Francisco, CA.; Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA. Center for Research on Immigration Policy.