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Think more broadly about Latino students

December 15, 2009

A new report, "Taking Stock: Higher Education and Latinos," released by Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit research organization, finds that the nation's success in achieving President Obama's degree-completion goals depends on its ability to accelerate degree completion by Latino students. Yet misconceptions about Latinos tend to produce a limited education-policy agenda.

At a panel discussion on the issue Tuesday morning on Capitol Hill, Deborah Santiago, vice president for policy and research at Excelencia and the report's author, said public policy is usually based on a very limited view of Latinos that defines them as immigrants, high-school dropouts, and English-language learners who do not value education.

"When we approach public policy with those priorities, it marginalizes us," she said.

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