Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

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Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

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We aren't about to break into a chorus of "Happy Days Are Here Again," but there seems to be some hopeful signs that higher education might be rebounding as we all put the Great Recession in our reaniew mirror. Of course. it is not just the slowly improving economy that is boosting the fortunes of colleges and universities; it is also the soul-searching process these institutions have gone through to reinvent themselves to keep pace with our changing world. One of the so-called "green shoots'' that we will be monitoring this year is iob prospects for recent college graduates. Employers surveyed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) say they expect to hire almost 10 percent more graduates from the class of 2012 than they did from the previous graduating class. Tn this issue, we discuss recent historic high college enrollment of Hispanic students. Increased enrollment plus increased employment adds up to very good news, indeed, for Hispanic students.

Increased enrollment can be attributed to many factors, including more distance learning choices, making it more economically feasible for students to attend college through the use of endowment funds and grants, and creating a campus atmosphere of diversity and inclusiveness, We highlight some of these efforts in this issue as well, shining a spotlight on Davidson College, for instance, as well as the tireless efforts of MAIDET, advocating against discrimination and hate crimes for almost a half a century. …

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