Finding Your Workforce: The Top 25 Institutions Graduating Latinos is the first brief in the Finding Your Workforce series. This brief provides a summary of Latinos' college completion for 2009-10 along with a list of the top 25 institutions at each academic level graduating Latinos from certificates to doctoral degrees.

Recent findings shared in this first brief include:

  • The majority of degrees awarded to Latinos were bachelor degrees.
  • Hispanic graduates were most concentrated at the certificate levels and least represented among graduates at the doctorate level.
  • The majority of the top 25 institutions conferring degrees to Latinos at the associate, bachelor, and master degree levels were HSIs. 

What Education and Industry Leaders Are Saying About Finding Your Workforce

"Latinos need to earn 5.5 million certificates or degrees by 2020 to meet national college-completion goals. To keep on track, that translates into 240,000 by 2010. Latinos actually earned 360,000 degrees or certificates that year, putting them ahead of schedule. We think that's something to note of value and merit. We need to celebrate the progress, but know that more needs to be done."

- Deborah Santiago, Author, Co-Founder and Vice President for Policy and Research, Excelencia in Education

"Business leaders know that America's workforce cannot be competitive in the future without a significant influx of Latinos who have the educational credentials necessary for the jobs of tomorrow. Through the analysis released today and upcoming Finding Your Workforce releases specific to key workforce disciplines, Excelencia is giving us practical information so we can meet that need."

- Emily Stover DeRocco, President, Manufacturing Institute

"Excelencia's report shows that employers looking for the very highest level Hispanics graduates can find the people they need at FIU.  We prepare Hispanics with the skills needed in the sciences and other fields central for success in the 21st century economy. We're proud of our accomplishments in graduating Hispanic students ready to make their mark in a global economy."

- Mark B. Rosenberg, President, Florida International University

"Miami Dade College prides itself on serving the workforce needs of the community through our wide variety of programs, including many in high-demand fields. Miami Dade College graduates, about 65 percent of whom are Latino, are very successful in finding employment. The most recent job placement rate for our career and technical program graduates is 96 percent."

- Eduardo J. Padrón, President, Miami Dade College

"At the University of Phoenix, our innovative learning model and flexible scheduling framework support accelerating Latino success in higher education.”

- Ed Escobedo, Vice President, University of Phoenix