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ERIC Number: ED509151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
Florida Policy Options to Accelerate Latino Student Success in Higher Education
Santiago, Deborah A.
Excelencia in Education (NJ1)
In order to remain economically competitive, Florida's economy will require a more educated workforce than currently exists. In 2008, 37 percent of Floridians 25 to 64 years of age had earned an associate's degree or higher. Given that a large portion of the demographic growth in Florida through 2030 will be Hispanic, the state's economic competitiveness will be highly dependent on the educational attainment of this population. However, the educational attainment of Hispanics in Florida is low. In 2008, about 23 percent of Hispanics 25 and over in Florida had earned a bachelor's degree or higher. Public policy in Florida has been an important tool for improving the educational preparation and opportunity for many Floridians. However, without concerted statewide efforts it will continue to be difficult to substantially expand opportunities to accelerate higher education attainment and workforce preparation. Given the current policy context and economic limitations for Florida, the recommendations in this brief require little new resources but more direct intentionality in serving underrepresented populations. The recommendations are focused on college readiness, access, and success and are grouped into three goals to stimulate conversations for policy consideration. (Contains 3 figures.) [Additional funding for this paper was provided by the USA Funds.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: Excelencia in Education
Identifiers - Location: Florida