Latinos bank on education, become future workforce

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    Hispanic graduation. (Photo/ California State Univ, Fullerton)

    In the past decade, more Latinos have opted for higher education.  The results are Latinos are the workforce of the future, not only based on their population growth in the United Staes, but their college degrees.

    The number of Hispanics with a bachelor’s degrees or higher increased 80 percent, from 2.1 million to 3.8 million, reports Excelencia in Education’s recently released “Finding Your Workforce: The Top 25 Institutions Graduating Latinos” report.

    The report examines Latinos’ college completion levels and the workforce. It highlights that the highest concentrations of Latinos are graduating with postsecondary degrees.

    Key findings on Latinos, education and the workforce, according to Excelencia in Education’s report:

    • According to recent Census data, Latino adults’ educational attainment from 2001 to 2011 increased overall from 11  to 14 percent.
    • Hispanics earned 10 percent of degrees and certificates awarded in 2009-10. The majority of degrees awarded to Latinos were bachelor degrees.
    • In 2009-10, close to 30 percent of all Latinos who earned degrees graduated from the top 25 institutions awarding degrees to Latinos.
    • Latinos represented almost 30 percent of all graduates from the top 25 institutions awarding degrees to Latinos by academic level in 2009-10.

    The education gaps found in the report are:

    • Only 21 percent of Hispanics had an associate degree or higher, compared to 57 percent of Asians, 44 percent of Whites, and 30 percent of Blacks.
    • In 2010 Hispanics represented 13 percent of students enrolled in postsecondary education and earned 10 percent of certificates and degrees awarded.
    • Hispanic graduates were most concentrated at the certificate levels, 58 and 74 percent, and least represented among graduates at the doctorate level, 7 percent.

    Top five universities with the most graduating Hispanics with bachelor degrees:

    1. 100 percent, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
    2. 98 percent, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
    3. 90 percent, University of Texas-Pan American
    4. 78 percent, University of Texas El Paso
    5. 63 percent, Florida International University

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