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ERIC Number: ED534117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May-15
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Finding Your Workforce: The Top 25 Institutions Graduating Latinos in Health Professions and Related Programs by Academic Level. Second in a Series Linking College Completion with U.S. Workforce Needs
Santiago, Deborah A.
Excelencia in Education (NJ1)
The population growth, labor force participation, and educational attainment of Latinos in the U.S. influence the composition of the current and future U.S. society, economy, and workforce. In 2012, the Latino population in the United States is the youngest and fastest growing ethnic group, with the highest level of labor force participation (although in low paying jobs) and the lowest level of educational attainment. Drawing attention to the institutions graduating many Latinos in postsecondary education is a simple way to link the college completion goals of the U.S. with the workforce needs of the country. This second brief in the Finding Your Workforce series provides a summary of the top 25 institutions at each academic level graduating Latinos from certificates to doctoral degrees in the health professions and related programs. It should be noted that these lists do not provide important information on quality or productivity of the institutions included. Additional research on the quality and productivity of institutions where Latino students are earning degrees is essential. However, appropriate and useful ways to measure the quality through learning outcomes and productivity beyond cohort graduation rates are still a work in progress and beyond the scope of this brief. Combined, the top institutions conferring certificates or degrees to Latinos in health professions and related programs graduated 10 percent (56,000) of Latinos earning a degree in these fields in 2009-10 by academic level. Some of the findings shared in this brief are: (1) Latinos working in healthcare are concentrated in lower paying jobs; (2) Latino degree attainment in health fields is concentrated geographically; and (3) Latino degree attainment in health fields is concentrated at the certificate and associate level. The intent of this simple analysis is threefold: (1) to respond to those who are interested in recruiting Latinos with postsecondary credentials but do not know where to find them; (2) to increase awareness that more Latinos are graduating with degrees in occupational growth areas important to our current and future workforce; and, (3) encouraging those in the workforce to do more to engage the Latino community. Health CIP Codes are appended. (Contains 3 tables and 9 endnotes.) [For the first report, "Finding Your Workforce: The Top 25 Institutions Graduating Latinos. First in a Series Linking College Completion with U.S. Workforce Needs," see ED534115.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Excelencia in Education
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; California; Colorado; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Puerto Rico; Tennessee; Texas; United States; Washington; Wisconsin