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Bridging the Gap: Hispanic Employment

Magazine article HRMagazine

Bridging the Gap: Hispanic Employment

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Last year, 370 U.S. colleges and universities had student populations that were at least one-quarter Hispanic, according to a recent report by the nonprofit Excelencia in Education based in Washington, D.C. That's a 53 percent increase from a decade ago, when there were just 242 such higher education institutions.

And many more colleges and universities are almost there, says Deborah Santiago, vice president for policy and research at Excelencia in Education.

In 2013, there were 277 "emerging" Hispanicserving institutions, which have between 15 percent and 24 percent Hispanic student enrollment.

Almost 60 percent of all Latino undergraduates attend "Hispanic-serving institutions," which the federal government defines as accredited, degreegranting public or private nonprofits where Hispanics represent 25 percent or more of student enrollment.

Currently, there are Hispanic-serving colleges in 15 states, but they are concentrated primarily in five-California, Texas, New Mexico, Florida and New York-and the territory of Puerto Rico. Emerging institutions are in 16 other states, including Georgia, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, which some might find surprising, Santiago says. …

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