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ERIC Number: ED571653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Getting In, Staying in: Community Perspectives on the Barriers to Latino Postsecondary Education. Proceedings for Town Hall on Higher Education at the 2015 National Council of La Raza Annual Conference (Kansas City, Missouri, Jul 11, 2015)
National Council of La Raza
Following decades of efforts to augment the educational experience of Hispanic students, progress and achievement are on the upswing. The steady rise in the high school graduation rate of Latino students is a bright spot that reflects both these efforts and the hard work of Latino students themselves. The good news is that the Hispanic community overwhelmingly values higher education as attested by the significant increase in Latinos enrolling in postsecondary programs. Yet, as more Latino students take on the challenge than ever before, existing disparities continue and new ones have emerged. In producing this report "Getting In, Staying In: Community Perspectives on the Barriers to Latino Postsecondary Education," NCLR solicited input from experts and students to provide a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges unique to the Latino experience in higher education. The authentic voice that emerged from this session provides a crucial context for the current higher education debate by highlighting the barriers that students face en route to a college degree. Access, preparation, affordability, debt, the quality of institutional supports, and completion are issues that most students and their families will have to negotiate during the collegiate experience. Latinos face all of these difficulties but also unique ones such as a lack of culturally appropriate information and guidance. How we address these challenges today will determine Latino students' long-term success. Presentations were as follows: (1) Framing The Discussion: Finding The Community Perspective; (2) College Decisions: The Role of Data and Culture; (3) College Decisions: Cost of College and Assessing Affordability; and (4) College Success: The Role of Institutional Supports for College and Career Preparedness. Town Hall Participants were: (1) Miguel Almaguer, NBC News; (2) Gabriella Gomez, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; (3) Emily Gonzalez, College Visions; (4) Annette R. Martinez, State Farm Insurance Companies; (5) Fernando Rojas, College Student; and (6) Deborah A. Santiago, Excelencia in Education
National Council of La Raza. 1126 16th Street NW 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-785-1670; Fax: 202-776-1792; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; State Farm; Walton Family Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza