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Latino Daily News

Tuesday December 4, 2012

Study Lists Colleges/Universities with Best Hispanic Graduation Rates

Study Lists Colleges/Universities with Best Hispanic Graduation Rates

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A recently released study from The Education Trust listed some of the U.S. colleges making the grade for Latino students.

Instead of settling for lower success rates, they are taking responsibility for helping more Latino students graduate. “Advancing to Completion,” a new study from The Education Trust, shows that institutions across the country are producing stronger outcomes for Latinos. The report outlines strategies used by the colleges making great strides in improving their outcomes for Latino students.

The report covers only the nation’s top 25 institutions making the highest gains in Hispanic graduation rates and in closing the graduation-rate gap between Hispanic and white students from 2004 to 2010. Utilizing data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, the Education Trust compiled the report with a centralized, higher education data collection process called the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

“Colleges must do more to ensure success for all students, particularly the growing number of black and Latino students in our country. Thankfully, some institutions are showing us that the status quo is not inevitable,” said José Cruz, vice president for higher education policy and practice at The Education Trust. “The lessons are clear: What institutions of higher education do—and don’t do—for students directly and powerfully impacts student success. The schools we’ve identified provide vivid sign posts on the road to boosting graduation rates at colleges and universities across the country.”

According to the report, the population of Hispanic students has nearly doubled in public schools over the past six years, but college enrollment and graduation rates of Hispanic students are not keeping pace. The report noted, “If America is to restore its status as first-in-the-world in degree attainment, colleges need to do more to ensure that all of their students – especially Hispanic students – graduate from college.”

By 2018, our nation is projected to need 22 million more college-educated workers; and by that time, more than half of jobs are projected to require a postsecondary degree. Using trend data from College Results Online, a unique Web-based tool that allows users to examine important information like graduation rates by race, ethnicity and gender for four-year colleges across the country, two studies – Advancing to Completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for African-American students” and “Advancing to Completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for Hispanic students” – highlight institutions that are improving outcomes for students of color.

See the full list of schools actively helping Hispanic/Latino students graduate here.