Monthly Archives: March 2011

Ok – Now Worry About Paying for College

A quick follow up to my post yesterday about the competition of getting into college . Part two is about paying for it. Talk of the Nation via NPR provides some insights about what some high school graduates (and parents) are facing.

It’s decision time for high school seniors who’ve applied to college and received acceptance letters. And as tuition levels rise, especially at top-level private schools, a growing number of financial experts are warning students to steer clear of student loan debt.

If You're a Small Fish in a Big Pond

A great video by Todd Raphael speaking with a director of college recruiting at a small accounting firm about attracting college graduates when you’re competing against “the big four”. Some good lessons that can be applied to recruiting Latino college grads specifically. Not sure I agree with Todd’s dog food illustration (question) – but the video provides some great tips regarding loyalty, stability, and motivation.

First Get In and then Worry about Paying for College

Just when you thought paying for college was your biggest challenge – stop and read this great article by Kristina Dell regarding college admissions trends. In short, the competition to get in the door at top-tier colleges last year was fierce due to the soft economy and new standardized admission processes. 

A good year for college admissions consultants whose services (ranging in the thousands) help high school graduates get into their chosen schools –  with no guarantee of admission.

More Questions than Accurate Results? Latinos & the Census

I haven’t had a chance to dig into the new Latino census data, but there are already many questions regarding what the results might mean – and not mean. An interesting piece via NPR on Latinos, ethnicity, and race. Classification was a big question coming into the 2010 census – how would Latinos “classify” themselves on a census form.

Take a listen and see what you think.

A Good Start

Diversity Inc. shares its Top 10 Companies for Latinos. I’m usually not a big fan of “lists” (school rankings or otherwise) since the criteria is always somewhat narrow. However, there are some hints that some companies are making inroads in the representation of Latinos in the organization and in the boardroom. According to Diversity Inc, the Top 10 Companies for Latinos include the following:

  • Their workforces are on par with U.S. census percentage of Latinos (about 13 percent), but they have 7.5 percent of managers who are Latino, compared with 6.8 percent nationally. Even more important, 9 percent of management promotions on average went to Latinos at these companies
  • Their boards of directors are 10.3 percent Latino, compared with 3.1 percent nationally (Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility)
  • On average, 9.4 percent of their employees are members of their Latino or Hispanic employee-resource groups

Midwest College Steps Up

Great to see Goshen College in Indiana launch a new research intiative aimed at studying academic success of Latinos in the Midwest.

The Institute for Latino Educational Achievement will be the research arm of the college’s Center for Intercultural Teaching & Learning. Research will focus on factors that affect the academic success of Latino students in higher education settings. Students, faculty and visiting research fellows will participate in the research.

As I make my transition to Wisconsin in the coming weeks, I’m excited to see a genuine interest in Latino educational attainment.

Great TV, Short on Substance

That, I think, was the outcome from last night’s Town Hall Meeting on Latino Education sponsored by Univision. While the core message regarding the academic success of Latinos was important, much of the discussion lacked some depth. No doubt there is a sincere effort being made by the Obama Administration to support the educational success of Latinos, and I applaud the President’s effort. A lot of good discussion on parent involvement, educational budget allocations, and early childhood support. A few good laughs as well regarding the President’s use of technology. However, some of the chatter on Twitter via #latism and other Latino channels was somewhat divided. Some wanted to hear more policy discussion and while others questioned the “politics” of such an event, especially after the census results. Not sure how much could have been addressed in a 60 minute program. In either case, the event illustrated the importance of the growing Latino population and its importance to the economic future of the United States.

Es El Momento

Check out the new “The Futuro” initiative by Univision (video below). A great 3 year strategy aimed at improving academic achievement among Latino K-12 students. Press release via Hispanic PR Blog.

The multi-platform, multi-million dollar three-year national education initiative aims to improve academic achievement among K-12 Hispanic students with a specific focus on increasing rates of high school graduation, college readiness, college completion and engaging Hispanic parents and the broader community in these efforts.

The Economic Muscle

A few good articles regarding the importance of Latino entrepreneurship in the United States over the weekend. In the two days I was visiting Madison, WI for temporary housing, I was astonished to see the number of small Latino markets springing up around the community – including panaderías! Two days is certainly not enough time to “take in” a city like Madison, but I was able to see the positive impact Latino workers make on local business establishments and rural farming communities.