Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Research Shows Lag in Hispanics' Bachelors Attainment

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Research Shows Lag in Hispanics' Bachelors Attainment

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Research Shows Lag in Hispanics' Bachelor's Attainment

WASHINGTON -- While Hispanic Americans have made great strides in the last three decades as far as attaining high school diplomas, their attainment rate for bachelor's degrees has inched up slowly, according to Census data released earlier this month.

People of Mexican descent, who comprise more than 65 percent of the country's Hispanic population, are the least likely among Hispanics to be college-educated.

More than 7 percent of the nation's 20 million Mexicans held bachelor's degrees. Cubans were the Hispanic group most likely to be college-educated, with 25 percent of that population holding bachelor's degrees or better. Nearly 10 percent of the total Hispanic population received a bachelor's degree in 1990.

The findings come in the wake of a summit by the President's Advisory Committee on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, which met here earlier this month to discuss higher-education issues facing the Latino population.

The panel urged that colleges must do more to reach out to Hispanic Americans and enroll more of them, because a better-educated Hispanic population will be crucial to the country's economy.

The Hispanic population is expected to triple to 98 million by 2050. In a half-century, Hispanics could become the nation's largest ethnic group, with their percentage of the total population rising from about 12 percent to 24 percent.

Members of the commission say they will propose changes in higher education to ease students' movement from community colleges to universities. …

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