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Florida schools lead the way in degrees for Hispanic students

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April

Perhaps it comes as no surprise. But it's worth noting that several institutions of higher education in Florida, as well as Texas and California, are leading the way in making sure that Hispanic students get certificates and degrees that put them on the path to employment.

A new report from Excelencia in Education details that Florida International University in Miami conferred more bachelor's and master's degrees to Hispanics than any other school in the country in 2009-10. Nearly two-thirds of FIU's bachelor's degrees went to Hispanics, the report shows.

In associate degrees, no college came close to Miami-Dade College, which awarded more than double the number of degrees to Hispanics as the next closest school, El Paso Community College.

Why is this important? From the report's executive summary:

"Participation in today’s knowledge-based economy requires some postsecondary education. Further, acquiring the foundational skills and critical thinking skills necessary for both civic engagement and career enhancement require some level of postsecondary attainment for most adults. Concurrently, the population growth, labor force participation, and educational attainment of Latinos in the U.S. influence the composition of the current and future U.S. society, economy, and workforce. drawing attention on the institutions graduating many Latinos in postsecondary education is a simple way to link the college completion goals of the U.S. with the workforce needs of the country."

[Last modified: Friday, April 13, 2012 8:54am]

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