A Washington D.C. based nonprofit advocate for the educational success of Latinos, Excelencia in Education, announced Thursday its list of the to 25 higher education institutions graduating Latinos. The report entitled, “Finding Your Workforce: The Top 25 Institutions Graduating Latinos,” focused on students during the 2009 -2010 school year that completed degrees at 2 year and 4 year institutions.
According to the report, public colleges lead the way in granting Latino students the most Bachelor’s degrees. Students studying at the Master’s level were equally at both private and public institutions while doctoral students were found mainly at public universities. The study also found that for profit institutions were the most common among Latino students as well.
The vice president for policy and research at Excelencia in Education Deborah Santiago, stated that in order to meet national goals Latino students will need to earn 5.5 million degrees by the year 2020. According to this study, they are ahead of this target, as 360,000 students graduated in 2010. Santiago expressed her satisfaction with this finding by stating, “We think that’s something to note of value and merit. We need to celebrate the progress, but know that more needs to be done.”
Of the top schools listed in the report, the Univesity of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico was awarded the top school for doctoral students. Florida International University achieved the top spot on the list in both the Masters and Bachelors categories. For Associate Degrees the award was given to Miami Dade College in Florida.