A report released on Friday by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center has found that college graduation rates for Latino/a students are less than half the national average. The study was conducted in 2009 and found that only 19.2 percent of Latino/a students between the ages of 25 and 34 had earned a two- or four-year degree, compared with 41 percent nationally. A report by Complete College America released last Tuesday has found that some 40 percent of black full-time students earn a four-year degree in six years and about 46 percent of Latino/a full-time students earn a four-year diploma in six years. When enrolled part time, six-year college completion rates for black and Latino/a students decline significantly, to about 14 percent and 17 percent, respectively.
There is no question that more funding is very welcome for students who are disadvantaged (under Title I) and students with disabilities (who qualify for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). There is also no question that college graduates have higher lifetime earnings; more and more future jobs will require not only a college degree, but a graduate one. Spending on education is an investment that we can’t afford to lose out on.
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