Poder Hispanic - USA - February/March 2012 - (Page 68)
The Top 25 public colleges & universiTies serving hispanics
by pablo schneider.
Why is it vital for hispanics to earn college degrees? Earning a degree is the key to competing for professional and leadership positions. It is the key to average lifetime earnings of between $1 million and $3 million more than having just a high school diploma.
It is almost always the fork in the road between “the haves” and the “have-nots.” It is the key to achieving the Hispanic American Dream. The status of Hispanic attainment in higher education is like the proverbial glass— half empty and half full. The half-empty part is that Latinos fall short in the number of adults with college degrees (12.7 percent versus the U.S. average of 27 percent). The half-full part is that the number of Hispanic college students is at an all-time high (15 percent of undergraduates). In fact, between 2009 and 2010 there was spike of 24 percent in Hispanics pursuing undergraduate degrees. A Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) is defined as a non-profit college or university with 25 percent or more Hispanic undergraduate enrollment. An
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analysis by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities showed that there are 311 Hispanic-serving educational institutions in the United States.
These serve 1.3 million of the 2.4 million Hispanics enrolled in non-profit colleges and universities. In addition, there are 242 “emerging HSI’s” with between 15 percent and 24.9 percent Hispanic undergraduate enrollment. The geographic distribution of HSI’s tracks the U.S. Hispanic population and interestingly, beyond the top states, there are also HSI’s and emerging HSI’s in Kansas, Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut, Indiana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, and Wisconsin. In 2010 at the top 100 colleges awarding degrees to Hispanics, Hispanics earned more than 70,200 bachelor’s degrees, 19,400 master’s degrees, and 4,300 doctorates. Colleges on the list in California (21,770), Texas (19,357), Florida (10,583), and New York (5,015) together account for more than 80 percent of total bachelor’s degrees earned. To be sure, there are public and private universities that have higher rankings than those listed below. And there are public and private universities that serve more Hispanics than those listed below. We have chosen 25 of the top public universities serving Hispanics based on a combination of their U.S. News & World Report rankings, and the Hispanic Outlook analysis of college degrees earned by Hispanics, and HSI status.
Geographic Distribution of HSI’s
california texas new mexico new york florida illinois arizona new jersey colorado nevada
98 56 23 15 15 13 10 6 5 0
82 45 1 25 18 8 7 14 6 5
PODER hisPanic MaGaZinE 8 fEbRuaRy/MaRch 2012
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