Are Latinos Making the Grade in Higher Ed?

There are new stats out on Latinos in higher education and ... well ... do you want the good news or the bad news?

Let's start with the good news: There are now more Latinos earning their bachelor's degrees. In 2001, 11.1% of adult Latinos had a degree and that number grew to 14.1% in 2011. That's a good jump for 10 years, so it's certainly something to be proud of.

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But then there's the bad news: The gap between Latinos with college degrees and "non-Hispanic whites" is actually growing. That's because the amount of people in the U.S. with college degrees has reached 30.4%, the highest it's ever been, and whites are still outpacing Latinos and blacks. The news is actually worse than that, if you consider how Latinos are doing compared to blacks and Asian-Americans as well. In 2011, nearly 20% of blacks, 34% of whites, and over 50% of Asian-Americans over the age of 25 had bachelor's degrees.

The numbers aren't looking to great, then, but that doesn't mean we should lose hope. Instead, we should take this as a chance to start encouraging our youth to apply to college and then helping them make it through. Let's start with our primitos and mentor them as much as we can. 

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Of course, we can't do it alone. The financial burdens of higher education are too big to ignore and we need to stay informed on those issues as well. 

Are you surprised that more Latinos aren't getting their college degrees? What do you think can be done to change that?