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Barriers found to college degrees for Hispanics

March 18, 2010

The percentage of Hispanic students who graduate from college in six years or less continues to lag behind that of white students, according to a new American Enterprise Institute study of graduation figures.

Looking at graduation rates from more than 600 colleges for students who entered college in 1999, 2000, and 2001, the nonprofit research American Enterprise Institute found that 51 percent of those identified as Hispanic earned bachelor's degrees in six years or less, compared with 59 percent of white students.

The institute scholars found barriers of language and culture as impeding students from Hispanic backgrounds.

The study recommends that colleges:

  • adopt an “institution-wide commitment to insuring that all their students graduate”
  • college counselors and others disseminate “information about schools that have a successful track record with Hispanic students”
  • the government tie aid to colleges “more closely to how well schools serve their students, not simply how many students they enroll”


Read the full story from the New York Times.