ERIC Number: ED517165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Roadmap for Ensuring America's Future by Increasing Latino College Completion
Santiago, Deborah A.
Excelencia in Education (NJ1)
The nation cannot reach its degree attainment goals without substantially increasing Latino college completion. While all groups will have to increase college degree attainment to meet the goals, increasing Latino educational attainment is crucial for the U.S. to meet its future societal and workforce needs for three main reasons: (1) the Latino population is growing rapidly and will make up a greater percent of the U.S. population by 2020; (2) Latino educational attainment is currently lower than that of other groups; and, (3) many economically competitive jobs in the U.S. will soon require education beyond a high school degree. For these reasons, "Excelencia in Education" and its partners are focusing intentionally on increasing Latino degree attainment. This paper presents a roadmap that serves as a tool for stimulating dialogue in communities across the nation about action needed to increase degree attainment generally, and Latino degree attainment specifically. The roadmap addresses college preparation, as well as access, persistence, and degree attainment for traditional college-age students along with older students. It is also designed to complement broader efforts by partners as well as others, to meet the nation's goals for degree attainment. Understanding what policies and practices are effective in enrolling, retaining, and graduating Latino students is directly relevant to communities only now beginning to experience growth in the number of their non-traditional students as well as those with long histories of growth. This paper offers policy recommendations that inform conversations and efforts to increase degree attainment of Hispanic students throughout higher education. Four levels of policy are considered: (1) community; (2) college/institution; (3) state; and, (4) federal. Recommendations may be appropriate for more than one level of policy.
Descriptors: College Preparation, Educational Attainment, Hispanic Americans, College Graduates, Access to Education, Academic Persistence, Educational Policy, Graduation Rate, Public Policy, Profiles, Benchmarking, Debt (Financial), Paying for College, Equal Education, College Attendance, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Lumina Foundation for Education; Kresge Foundation
Authoring Institution: Excelencia in Education