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California Policy Options: To Accelerate Latino Success in Higher Education - In order to remain economically competitive, California’s economy will require a more educated workforce than currently exists. In 2005, 31% of Californians 25 and over had a bachelor’s degree or higher. A large portion of the demographic growth in California through 2040 will be Latino. However, the educational attainment of Latinos in California is very low. In 2005, only 9% of Latinos 25 and over in California held a bachelor’s degree or higher. The purpose of this brief is to offer policy recommendations, based on recent research and discussions, to improve the educational attainment of California’s workforce, especially Latinos. The brief proposes policy options to meet three major goals: (1) Ensure that all students and parents understand the long-term benefits of a higher education degree and the steps necessary to prepare for college, (2) Make college affordable for students from all economic backgrounds and (3) Increase the number of Californians — especially those from underrepresented groups — who have a postsecondary degree. (Deborah Santiago, Excellencia in Education, December 2006) ...


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