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TAKING STOCK:
HIGHER EDUCATION AND LATINOS
 
TAKING STOCK: Higher Education and Latinos2
TABLE OF CONTENTS
F
OREWORD
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3E
 XECUTIVE
S
UMMARY 
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4I
NTRODUCTION
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 W 
HATWEKNOW 
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 W 
HATWEHEAR 
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9Hearing from elected officials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9Hearing from Latino students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11Hearing from service providers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 W 
HATWECANDO
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
EFERENCES
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 A 
BOUT
E
 XCELENCIA
IN
E
DUCATION
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
This brief was developed with the support of Lumina Foundation forEducation and Jobs for the Future. We gratefully acknowledge thecontributions and insights by elected officials and students, and serviceproviders who participated in focus groups and discussions. We also thank staff from the National Association of Latino Elected and AppointedOfficials (NALEO) and National Conference for State Legislatures(NCSL) for their collaboration in making the focus groups with electedofficials possible, and the Hispanic College Fund and CongressionalHispanic Caucus Institute for making focus groups with students possible.The brief benefited from input and review from Sarita Brown, President of 
Excelencia 
in Education, Nancy Hoffman, Vice President of YouthTransitions at Jobs for the Future, Idalia Fernandez, President of HispanicCollege Fund, Greg Kinzl, Director of Research at Institute for HigherEducation Policy, and, Candi CdeBaca, intern at
Excelencia 
in Education.The author is solely responsible for any errors in content.The opinions expressed in this report are those of the authors and do notnecessarily represent the views of the reviewers, Lumina Foundation, Jobsfor the Future, their officers or employees.
 ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Deborah A. Santiago is co-founder and vice president for policy andresearch at
Excelencia 
in Education and brings her extensive experience ineducation policy and research to the challenge of accelerating Latinostudent success. Travis Reindl is the state policy and campaigns director atCommunication
Works 
and brings 15 years of experience in highereducation policy and advocacy to his work.
© 2009 by 
Excelencia
in Education. Material may beduplicated with full attribution.
THIS BRIEF WAS WRITTEN BY:
Deborah A. Santiago, vice president for policy andresearch,
Excelencia
in Education, and Travis Reindl,state policy and campaigns director,Communication
Works
. A PDF version is available on the web at
 www.EdExcelencia.org
Excelencia
in Education accelerates Latino students’higher education success by linking research, policy,and practice and by promoting education policies andinstitutional practices that support Latino studentachievement. A national, not-for-profit organization,
Excelencia
is building a network of results-orientededucators and policymakers to address the U.S.economy’s need for a highly educated workforce andengaged civic leadership. For more information, visit:
 www.EdExcelencia.org.
*The terms Latino and Hispanic are used inter-changeably in this document
 
EXCELENCIA
IN EDUCATION3
 At the same time, Latino students have navigated their higher educational options making individual,pragmatic choices and producing distinctive trends in Latino college participation. Responding tothese trends has led thoughtful educators and policymakers to consider what and who needs to changeto more effectively serve Latino students and thus expand the country’s human capital. Aware this process of discovery was underway,
Excelencia 
in Education secured a grant from LuminaFoundation for Education to examine higher education’s capacity and affordability to serve Latinostudents. The resulting multi-stage project provided the means to engage Latino and other state levelelected officials; national and regional organizations providing college preparation, support servicesand scholarships; and selected groups of Latino college students in discussions about both highereducation and policy, as well as the current status of Latino students in both. Their input, blended with our synthesis and analysis of the current state of higher education highlights critical policy considerations affecting today’s Latino students, and orients this brief towards action, and identifiesthe steps necessary to accelerate Latino student success in higher education.
Excelencia 
in Education presents this information just as the national policy discussion by theObama Administration and significant foundations turns its focus on college completion and whenhigher educational systems and state budgets are being repeatedly cut, and with more cuts expected.The nations potential success in reaching its degree completion goals will rely on our ability toaccelerate the degree completion of Latino students. When preparing to meet such a challenge, it isimportant to take stock of the tools, resources, and assets available.
Excelencia 
looks forward to working on this challenge in the coming decade and to meeting the country’s college completiongoals by accelerating Latino student success in higher education.
Sarita E. Brown
President Excelencia 
in Education
FOREWORD
D
ecember 2009 represents the end of a decade, and is a good time to takestock—especially since this is the decade when America discovered Latinos.For many, the discovery began with the results of 2000 census and has led differentsectors in our country, and particularly our educational system, to begin to pay attention to Latino students.

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