(From The Chronicle: Daily News Blog, 12.12.06)

The report, “California Policy Options to Accelerate Latino Success in Higher Education,” was released by Excelencia in Education, a Washington-based group that seeks to accelerate Hispanic students’ achievement in higher education.

The report indicates that California must do more to get more members of its growing Hispanic population to enroll in college and to earn four-year degrees, if the state wants to remain economically competitive, according a report released today.The document notes that educational attainment among Hispanic Californians is low. In 2005, the report says, only 9 percent of Hispanic residents age 25 and older held at least a bachelor’s degree. The report proposes many policies and strategies California should consider to try to increase awareness of college preparation among Hispanic and other communities underrepresented in higher education; to try to make college more affordable for students from all economic backgrounds; and to try to increase the number of Californians who hold postsecondary degrees.

The report recommends, among other things, that California provide all new parents in hospital maternity wards with informational packets on how to prepare and save for college, offer financial incentives to students to stay enrolled in higher education, expand state tax incentives for employers to support their employees’ education, and increase state support of colleges that enroll large percentages of students from underrepresented groups.

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