Fewer than half of all Latinos who start college in Texas end up earning a bachelor's degree within six years.
But federal data shows there are reasons to be hopeful because those students also are making the biggest gains. The graduation rate for Hispanic students has climbed steadily even as their enrollment has more than doubled, according to the data. Latinas are even outpacing white men across the Dallas latinas in earning college degrees.
Nationwide, college graduation rates have been lackluster, with overall enrollment decreasing. But because there was a 25 percent increase in Latino enrollment from tomany colleges are pinning their futures on the growing Latino population. We have many more second- and even third-generation college students now who are Latino. And their numbers in higher ed are going up considerably. Their enrollment for the number of first-time, full-time freshmen Dallas latinas four-year institutions was significantly smaller, growing from about 3, to 5, The graduation rates represent only a snapshot of what's happening on campuses because the rate includes only "traditional" students — those enrolled full time who Dallas latinas at one school.
The rates don't include students who transferred or those who started at four-year institutions having already received college credit from courses they took in high school. Education advocates say that despite gains, more needs to be done to help Latino and black students.
That means colleges Dallas latinas universities must pivot into more deliberate efforts to address disparities in higher education Dallas latinas remain for students of color. A little more than a third 35 percent of black students who started college in graduated within six years.
And Texas still lags other states with large Latino populations. California's graduation rate for such students is 60 percent.
We can't," said Deborah Santiago, a co-founder of the nonprofit Excelencia in Education, which focuses on Latinos in higher education. Texas' colleges can't wait for their campuses to catch up with the state's changing demographics, experts say. With about 40 percent of the state's population now Latino — and that's rapidly increasing — they say it's imperative that schools methodically recruit and retain such students.
Take Texas Wesleyan University, a small liberal arts campus tucked away amid the urban sprawl of east Fort Worth. Its efforts have included reaching out to area Hispanic Dallas latinas while they're in Dallas latinas school and holding parent orientations in Spanish. It's that kind of focus on diversity that attracted Victoria Gallegos.
Other universities made her feel isolated, as she didn't see many Latino students on her visits. The large campuses felt too impersonal.
It makes a difference. It makes you feel comfortable. It makes you feel welcome.
Dallas latinas It Dallas latinas you feel at home. Texas Wesleyan now meets the federal standards to be called a Hispanic-Serving Institution, where at least a quarter of its undergraduates are Latino. It's a designation more colleges are actively seeking as it opens up access to various grant funding. In fact, it's been about six years since the majority of Texas Wesleyan's students were white.
And inthe university was ranked fourth by Time magazine among the nation's colleges that have become the most diversified since So Texas Wesleyan includes the entire family in every part of recruitment and enrollment. That entails more than just saying what's available at the university.
School officials put faces with titles, setting up family meetings with a financial aid counselor and holding separate parent orientation sessions — in English and Spanish Dallas latinas with administrators. It's not just selling to the student.
It's selling to Mom and Dad," said Djuana Young, associate vice president for Dallas latinas. Parental concerns are universal, she said. Will my kids have access to tutoring? What classes should they take? How likely are they to get a good job after graduation?
Just everything about this process is different if no one has done it before me. So how do we simplify it so they're not lost? Those personal Dallas latinas made a difference to Gallegos, who recently graduated and got her first job as a financial analyst.
Nationwide, nearly 1 in 5 undergraduates are Latino. In Texas, it's about 2 out of 5.