Graduation Gap Between Latinos And Whites Shrinks

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  • The gap in college graduation rates between Latinos and whites has dropped to 9 percent from 14 percent two years ago, according to new data from Excelencia in Education. Despite the good news, the bigger picture shows that Latino adults still attain postsecondary degrees in the U.S. at lower levels than other groups, 20 percent compared to 36 percent, respectively.
  • Excelencia released the data this week, compiled into fact sheets for each state, as a way to keep the conversation going regarding higher education for Latinos, and, in particular, Hispanics' role in reaching national college completion goals if the U.S. is to remain economically competitive.
  • Four of the top five higher education institutions with the highest number of undergraduate Latino students are two-year colleges — Miami Dade College (MDC) in Florida, South Texas College (STC), El Paso Community College (EPCC) in Texas and East Los Angeles College in California, respectively. The top five institutions awarding associate degrees to Hispanics include (in order): MDC, EPCC, the University of Phoenix (online), STC and Valencia College in Florida.
  • Excelencia hopes the state snapshots will seed questions and discussions to spur action within communities, said Deborah Santiago, the group’s chief operating officer and vice president for policy.

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