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Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges - If the achievement gap is to be closed between men of color and other student groups, it has to happen at community colleges which educate more Black and Latino males than other institutions of higher education. This brief presents a conundrum: though black males are most engaged, then Latinos, then Whites, Whites are six times more likely to graduate. Among the reasons posited are a lower level of college readiness and a fear that they're confirming racial stereotypes. A list of possible solutions follows. (Center for Community College Student Engagement, February 2014)...

Supporting Latino Community College Students: An Investment in Our Economic Future - Latinos make up the fastest growing population group in the country, yet their completion rate of an associate’s degree or higher is half that of all U.S. adults. Latinos are thwarted by college cost, lack of college knowledge, increased family responsibilities and the need to work. A report released last week suggests if the United States wants to increase its percentage of degree-carrying citizens, policymakers and institutions will need to consider strategies to raise the rate of Latino completion. Authors suggest federal policymakers use Higher Education Act reauthorization to encourage colleges to implement services aligned with retention, completion and employment. Information about financial aid and services should be better targeted, and antiquated eligibility rules should be addressed. (Deborah A. Santiago and Andrew Stettner, Excelencia in Education, Single Stop USA, June 2013)...

Using a Latino Lens to Reimagine Aid Design and Delivery - Federal aid policy must be redesigned, the author argues. Recognizing the growing population of nontraditional students and the nation's need for a more educated workforce, she advocates prioritizing access for Latino students while folding in incentives to complete. Support services for first-generation and low-income students must accompany effective financial aid policy and that support starts with outreach into diverse communities to inform students and their families about federal financial aid and college performance to help them find the "best fit" institution.(Deborah A. Santiago, Excelencia in Education, February 2013)...

Advancing to Completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for African-American students - Some U.S. colleges are making the grade for African-American students. Instead of settling for lower success rates, they are taking responsibility for helping more black students graduate. This report shows that colleges and universities across the country are generating positive outcomes for African Americans. The report outlines strategies used by the colleges making great strides in improving their outcomes for African-American students. (The Education Trust, September 2012)...

Advancing to Completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for Hispanic students - Some U.S. colleges are making the grade for Latino students; instead of settling for lower success rates, they are taking responsibility for helping more Latino students graduate. This study shows that institutions across the country are producing stronger outcomes for Latinos. The report outlines strategies used by the colleges making great strides in improving their outcomes for Latino students. (The Education Trust, September 2012)...

Now Largest Minority Group on Four-Year College Campuses: Hispanic Student Enrollments Reach New Highs in 2011 - This report provides data on enrollment figures by race and ethnicity as well as information on the number of post-secondary degrees conferred on students of all ages. The report shows that, as their growth among all college-age students continues to outpace other groups, Hispanics are now, for the first time, the largest minority group among the nation’s four-year college and university students. (Pew Research Center-Pew Hispanic Center, August 2012)...

New Americans in Postsecondary Education: A Profile of Immigrant and Second-Generation American Undergraduates - This Statistics in Brief from the U.S. National Center for Education Statistics describes the characteristics and undergraduate experiences of 2007–08 undergraduates who immigrated to the U.S. or who had at least one immigrant parent (second-generation Americans). The analysis compares these two groups with all undergraduates (excluding foreign students) and with third- or higher-generation American undergraduates whose parents were born in the U.S. The findings are based on data from the 2007–08 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, a nationally representative sample of more than 100,000 students enrolled in U.S. postsecondary institutions. (NCES, July 2012)...

Big Gaps, Small Gaps: Some Colleges and Universities Do Better Than Others in Graduating African-American Students - The authors dug beneath the averages and looked at data from individual institutions in their College Results Online database and found some institutions with horrendous graduation-rate gaps between black and white students. Other institutions have no gaps at all. This is not entirely about preparation and wide gaps are not inevitable. The authors analysis strongly suggests that what colleges do with and for the students they admit matters a great deal. (Mamie Lynch and Jennifer Engle, The Education Trust, August 2010)...

Big Gaps, Small Gaps: Some Colleges and Universities Do Better Than Others in Graduating Hispanic Students - This brief calls attention to the colleges and universities that are serving Hispanic students well, as evidenced by small or nonexistent graduation-rate gaps between Hispanic and white students. The authors also shine a necessary light on institutions with particularly large gaps--the institutions that are not serving these students as effectively as they should. (Mamie Lynch and Jennifer Engle, The Education Trust, August 2010)...

Minorities and the Recession-Era College Enrollment Boom - This report shows freshmen enrollment of Hispanics at postsecondary institutions grew by 15% from 2007 to 2008. In the same period, freshmen enrollment for blacks increased by 8%, by 6% for Asians and 3% for whites. The minority postsecondary students tend to be concentrated in community colleges and trade schools more than four-year institutions. The report also characterizes the increase as a "recession-era boom." (Paul Taylor, Richard Fry, Gabriel Velasco and Daniel Dockterman, Pew Research Center, June 2010)...

Terms of Engagement: Men of Color Discuss Their Experiences in Community College - Over the course of the 2007-08 academic year, a research team led by MDRC conducted qualitative interviews and focus groups with 87 African-American, Hispanic and Native American male students who were enrolled in developmental math classes at four Achieving the Dream colleges in the southeastern and southwestern United States. The students' responses illustrate how their life experiences have shaped their identities, behaviors and choices as individuals and as college students. They offer insights into promising recommendations for programs and policies. (Alissa Gardenhire-Crooks, Herbert Collado, Kasey Martin and Alma Castro, MDRC, March 2010)...

Educational Crisis Facing Young Men of Color: Reflections on Four Days of Dialogue on the Educational Challenges of Minority Males - This startling report details something we cannot ignore. It is clear that American males are not completing high school or college at acceptable rates. Something is going on in American communities and classrooms at both educational levels to produce these disparities--common across all racial and ethnic categories. This report calls attention to the current circumstances but also provides a hopeful perspective on how the nation might make real progress in addressing the underlying issues. (The College Board, January 2010)...


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