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Publication: Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Date published: April 14, 2011

If President Obama wants America to become the world leader in college graduates by 2020, more Latinos will have to earn college degrees, says a report by Excelencia in Education, an organization dedicated to improving Latino students' educational success. Excelencia says Latinos will make up a quarter of the college-age population by 2025, meaning Latinos will have to earn 5.5 million degrees to help meet Obama's goal. With that in rnind, the group has teamed up with 60 national partners to form the Ensuring America's Future by Increasing Latino College Completion initiative. The initiative offers a road map aimed at boosting the number of Latino college grads and outlines what communities, colleges, states and the federal government can do to help Latinos. Some of the suggestions include developing more partnerships between school districts and universities, increasing dual-enrollment programs and linking support for Hispanicserving institutions with degree attainment. And don't overlook nontraditionai students. The report notes: "[R]eachingthe national degree attainment goal will also require serving older Latinos (25 and over)."

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