ERIC Number: ED506051
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Reference Count: 31
California Policy Options to Accelerate Latino Student Success in Higher Education
Santiago, Deborah A.
Excelencia in Education (NJ1)
California policy makers and institutional leaders are making critical policy, programmatic, and budgetary decisions affecting segments of the state's population that lack sufficient levels of formal training and education. These decisions are occurring at a time when five critical trends are converging in the state. These trends are: (1) Economic competition increasingly requires more "knowledge workers" for California to continue its high level of global competitiveness; (2) A higher education degree is increasingly becoming the education level necessary for a competitive workforce in California; (3) The Latino population is projected to experience the largest growth of all segments of California's population; (4) Educational attainment levels for Latinos in California are substantially and significantly lower than those of other ethnic groups; and (5) Increasing numbers of low-income and first-generation potential college students, many of whom are Latino, are preparing for a higher education. This brief offers policy recommendations, based on recent research and discussions, to improve the educational attainment of California's workforce, especially Latinos. Understanding the California context is fundamental to drafting appropriate recommendations for addressing the state's and the nation's vital need for human capital. In the last three years alone, more than 20 studies have been released that detail these five converging trends in California, and these studies are referenced throughout the brief. They provide solid research and broad recommendations for action. (Contains 4 figures.)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Human Capital, Educational Attainment, Enrollment Trends, School Demography, Student Financial Aid, Educational Benefits, Labor Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Hispanic American Students, Policy Analysis, Student Improvement
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: Tomas Rivera Policy Institute; California Univ., Berkeley; California Policy Research Center.
Authoring Institution: Excelencia in Education
Identifiers - Location: California