The Importance Of Latinos In Higher Education

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On September 2015, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, marked its 25th anniversary. With the shift of the nation’s demographics, higher education is concerned with the academic success of Latinos. Not only is the federal government addressing issues of access and equity for underserved minorities’ populations, but higher education is playing a crucial role in reducing the academic achievement gaps for Latinos.
Why is this important?
Latinos constitute one of the fastest-growing populations in the United States. This growth has led Latinos to become one of the “largest” racial/ ethnic groups in American Higher Education: 55 million strong, as estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2014. Yet, they are one of the least educated and the least represented ethnic groups in educational institutions. However, they are the least studied and represented ethnic groups in educational institutions. The Latino representation in educational institutions are lower compared to other ethnic minorities.
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With the increasing demand for higher educational degrees, it is quite alarming that Latinos don’t have access to higher education as their counterparts. Why are Latinos not attending higher education? Investing in higher education achievement for Latinos, our fastest growing populations, is highly important, as Latinos and white students have the largest college completion gap http://www.ncsl.org/research/education/ensuring-latino-success-in-college-and-workforce.aspx
What are some of the main barriers preventing Latinos from completing a college degree? Latinos are struggling with access to higher education, navigating the college process, and once enrolled paying for their college
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