ERIC Number: ED485305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Federal Policy and Latinos in Higher Education
Santiago, Deborah A.; Brown, Sarita
Pew Hispanic Center
The purpose of this study is to describe federal legislation and programs that support higher education and to assess Latino participation in these programs. While there are many programs at the state, institutional, and community levels that facilitate access to higher education for Latinos, the Higher Education Act (HEA), due for reauthorization this year, is the main policy vehicle at the federal level for postsecondary education programs. These programs provide concrete examples of educational activities that can inform--and be informed by--local activities and programs to facilitate Latino student access, persistence, and completion of higher education. A series of developments in the costs and financing of colleges and universities set the context for HEA reauthorization. This study begins by addressing the cost of higher education and the impact on Latino participation, followed by a statistical summary of Latino achievement in higher education, including college enrollment and completion rates. All of the data cited are from public sources, including analysis by the U.S. Department of Education. Following the statistical review is a discussion of several programs in the Higher Education Act and Latino student participation in these programs.
Descriptors: Student Participation, Politics of Education, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, College Attendance, Graduation Rate, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Hispanic American Students, Academic Achievement, Tuition
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Pew Hispanic Center, Washington, DC.