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Roadmap for Ensuring America's Future by Increasing Latino College Completion

Published: March 2011

Publisher(s): Excelencia in Education

Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Education

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Roadmap for Ensuring America’s Future by Increasing Latino College Completion

Area of Focus: College and Career Preparation


The nation cannot reach its degree attainment goals without substantially increasing Latino college completion. The report offers policy recommendations at the community, college/institution, state, and federal levels to increase higher education degree attainment by Latino students.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

=Recommendations for community leaders: Inform the community about pathways to college; develop partnerships between school districts and higher education institutions; review and expand workforce preparation programs; establish community partnerships to complement institutional efforts

=Recommendations for college leaders: Implement practices with proven benefits to increase student learning outcomes; measure progress in student preparation, access, persistence, and degree attainment; increase retention efforts; increase early college high schools and dual enrollment programs; guarantee need-based aid for qualified students

=Recommendations for state leaders: Support a rigorous public high school curriculum; require a simplified transfer pathway to colleges and universities; make college accessible and affordable; track equity and success in degree attainment

=Recommendations for federal leaders: Require appropriate training for default management and financial literacy; link support for capacity building at Hispanic-Serving Institutions with degree attainment; increase retention rates; collect data on certificates leading to a living wage; provide opportunities for undocumented students who are U.S. high school graduates and college-ready to complete college

Focus: National

Subjects/Keywords: Degree Attainment; Higher Education; Hispanics/Latinos; Policy

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