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ERIC Number: ED517171
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Ensuring America's Future: Federal Policy and Latino College Completion
Santiago, Deborah A.; Kienzl, Gregory S.; Sponsler, Brian A.; Bowles, Anne
Excelencia in Education (NJ1)
In today's knowledge driven economy a college degree is critical to the success of a competitive workforce. Yet in 2008, only 19 percent of Latinos, 29 percent of blacks, and 39 percent of whites 25 and over had earned an associate degree or higher. At a time when all students will have to accelerate success to meet national degree completion goals, improving Latino success in postsecondary education is vital. Analysis shows it will be nearly impossible to reach national goals without significantly increasing Latino college completion. However, too often policy discussions perpetuate traditional approaches and the status quo while neglecting to consider the changing student population to be served in higher education. Given the current educational attainment levels for Latinos, demands for economic competitiveness, and projected demographic growth of the U.S. Latino population, increasing U.S. college degree attainment requires a policy focus on young adults, generally and on Latino students, specifically. Accelerating Latino college degree completion requires: (1) intentionality in serving this group of students; (2) delineation of degree completion goals and measures of progress; (3) commitment to practices that produce positive results; and, (4) clarity about the federal, state and institutional policy environments that affect Latino student success. This issue brief provides an overview of recent federal public policy efforts in academic preparation, institutional capacity, and, financial aid. It also considers how these policy efforts might impact Latino college completion and presents questions beyond the scope of this brief. The brief concludes by offering several points for consideration in federal policy efforts to increase Latino college completion. (Contains 1 table and 30 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Excelencia in Education; Institute for Higher Education Policy