Major Demographic Earning College Degrees More Than Ever Before

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( – Excelencia in Education released a new report on Tuesday in which it was argued that Hispanic students had made up the majority of growth in the people who had earned college degrees in the United States. 

According to the report, there was a 4 percent increase in degree attainment over the last five years. Seventy-nine percent of the change is because of Hispanic students. Still, it was also determined that Hispanic students were more prone to face certain difficulties in earning associate degrees or retention rates.

For Latino students who were enrolled in college in the fall of 2021, the retention rate is at 63 percent across all of the different sectors. This is below the 67 percent national average. 

During the academic year 2021-2022, only around 27 percent of Hispanic students ended up receiving an associate degree. By contrast, other student groups were at 44 percent when it came to the same degrees. 

It is also far more likely that Hispanic students will be first-generation college students. They are also far more likely to qualify for Pell Grants and generally need to take out fewer student loans. 

Excelencia in Education co-founder and president Sarita Brown noted that they were proud to be a part of a network that was focused on accelerating the success of Hispanic students in higher education. She added that together they were helping to ensure the Latino’s bright future. 

The study further pointed out that Hispanic-Serving Institutions and schools with a population of at least 25 percent Hispanic makeup around 63 percent of Hispanic undergraduates, while also making up 20 percent of the higher education options.

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