Despite an important demographic shift across the United States, a limited proportion of Latinos are earning college degrees. While Latino youth now represent the largest minority group in K—12 U.S. schools and are the fastest-growing segment of students, Latino college completion stands at just 19.2 percent – far below the national average of 41.1 percent.
These are just some of the findings from a new report released by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center called The College Completion Agenda Progress Report 2011. The report and an accompanying state police guide were developed in collaboration with the National Council of La Raza and Excelencia in Education.
“We have a challenge as a nation to become number one again in college completion. We cannot reach this goal without increasing the college completion rate of Latinos,” said Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board. ”This study demonstrates that our students’ ability to succeed directly impacts our nation’s ability to thrive economically and socially.”
The report and state policy guide, combined with an interactive website, contain in-depth findings about the educational progress of Latino students and offer a series of recommendations for addressing the challenges they face. This effort builds on the College Completion Agenda that was launched in 2010, based on the recommendations from the College Board’s Commission on Access, Admission and Success. The 10 interdependent recommendations span the pipeline, from early childhood to adult education, to reach the goal of increasing the proportion of Americans ages 25—34 with a postsecondary degree to 55 percent by 2025.