Identifying the Leaks

I’ve written about the Latino education “pipeline,” particularly the leaky points from college enrollment to graduation. Three new reports again highlight the educational leaks, however, this time from a broader view.

According to the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, by 2040 Latinos will comprise a large chunk of elementary and high school students.

(Graphic via Washington Post)

An increasing number of these Latino students are heading to college. As compared to other population groups, Latino college enrollments are surging. According to this recent Census report:

Hispanics didn’t follow the trend, as the number enrolled in college grew by 447,000 from 2011 to 2012. Meanwhile, non-Hispanic white enrollment declined by 1.1 million and black enrollment by 108,000. From 2006 to 2012, the percentage of all college students who were Hispanic rose from 11 percent to 17 percent.

Great news, right? Well, yes and no. It’s exciting to see more Latinos heading to college, the problem is getting them to graduate. According to FactTank:

But despite these gains, the share of Latino adults nationally that have a bachelor’s degree, 13.4%, remains significantly below that of whites (31.8%), Asians (50.3%) and blacks (18.7%).

We know where the leaks are – let’s fix them.