Big news out today focuses on a study conducted by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research regarding the latest numbers of Hispanic college graduates in the context of making it a national priority. Among some of the key findings of the report:
51 percent of Hispanic students complete a bachelor’s degree in six years compared to 59 per cent of white students
Gaps between white and Hispanic graduation rates are smaller at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). (Some persepective as to why are included in full report).
Hispanic women graduate at consistently higher rates than Hispanic men
These are not surprising numbers; we’ve covered them at length here at HTM over the last few months. The report does a fair job of discussing the issues associated with this gap as well as provides what colleges that graduate more Hispanics are doing right; they include:
A High Level of Institutional Commitment
Better Consumer Information
A Focus on Retention and Graduation Rates
Institutional Incentives for Improvement
I’ve mentioned a lot of these important points since the HTM blog started last year. While the report obviously shows a long road ahead, I think we’ve come a long way over the last few years in increasing awareness and developing better strategies for graduating more Hispanic college students. More work obviously needs to be done; however, I’m glad to see that studies like these and others are shining the light on this important issue and its importance to the long-term economic future of this country.