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Fewer Hispanics Aim for College Degrees

December 10, 2001

An increasing share of the U.S. workforce is Hispanic. But since relatively few Hispanic high school graduates go on to pursue education at the college level, some are concerned that the U.S. may lose its world leadership in technological innovation, economic strength and intellectual capital.

  • Only one-tenth of Latino adults have a college degree -- compared to a national average of 26 percent.
  • By 2010, one in five high school age youths will be Hispanic.
  • Just slightly more than half of Hispanics in the U.S. have a high school diploma -- far below the 84 percent of the population who do.

This education gap is expected only to widen during the next 10 years.

Experts say this trend can be reversed. They say Hispanic youths need encouragement from their parents and peers to prepare for college. They also recommend more role models and mentors to guide them through the transition from high school to college.

Source: Sara Martinez Tucker (Hispanic Scholarship Fund), "College Degree Begins at Home," USA Today, December 7, 2001.

 

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