Excelencia in Education focuses intentionally on increasing Latino degree attainment and brings the role of Latinos in increasing the country’s college degree completion to the forefront of national attention. The nation cannot reach its degree attainment goals without substantially increasing Latino college completion. While all groups will have to increase college degree attainment to meet the goals, increasing Latino educational attainment is crucial for the U.S. to meet its future societal and workforce needs for three main reasons: 1) the Latino population is growing rapidly and will make up a greater percent of the U.S. population by 2020; 2) Latino educational attainment is currently lower than that of other groups; and, 3) many economically competitive jobs in the U.S. will soon require education beyond a high school degree.
Over the last 20 years, Latino representation in total college enrollment doubled from 8%.
Excelencia in Education. 2016. From Capacity to Success: HSIs, Title V, and Latino Students.