Excelencia Announces Human Capital Campaign with 50 National Partners to Increase Latino College Completion
WASHINGTON, DC - Excelencia in Education today announced the next step in the national initiative, Ensuring America's Future by Increasing Latino College Completion, at a press conference highlighting the start of a new capital campaign-a human capital campaign. The national initiative is focused on increasing Latino college completion.
The objective is to help reach the country's college completion goals now through 2025 by increasing Latino college completion.
The campaign will unfold in tandem with the development of an innovative roadmap to help reach the college completion goals articulated by the Obama Administration as well as major national foundations.
"In today's knowledge driven economy, a college degree is critical to the success of a competitive and high earning worker," said Sarita Brown, President of Excelencia in Education. According to the U.S. Census, only 19% of Hispanics in the United States had earned an associate degree or higher in 2008. In comparison 59% of Asians, 39% of whites, and 28% of blacks had earned an associate or higher in the same year.
Given the current educational attainment levels for Latinos, the current and projected national Latino demographic growth and the intense challenge to increase U.S. economic competitiveness, increasing American college degree attainment requires a policy focused on young adults generally, and Hispanic students specifically.
Excelencia has taken the lead in organizing a wide array of organizations representing multiple sectors in common cause, accelerating Latino college completion. Those fifty inaugural signatories have committed to work with Excelencia to increase Latino college completion through:
- Intentionality in serving this group of students;
- Delineation of degree completion goals and measures of progress;
- Commitment to practices and policies that produce positive results; and,
- Clarity about the federal, state and institutional policy environments that affect Latino student success.
To further the campaign Excelencia announced it will expand its information role to track progress toward Latino college degree completion, as well as engage stakeholders at the national, state and institutional levels to develop and deploy a policy roadmap to accelerate Latino college degree completion. Two reports supporting investment in Latino college completion were also released at the press conference. For more information, visit http://www.edexcelencia.org/initiatives/ensuring-americas-future/
About Excelencia in Education
Excelencia in Education is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate Latino student success in higher education.
Ensuring America's Future by Increasing Latino College Completion
American Council on Education
Alliance for Excellent Education
Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Association of American Colleges and Universities
California State University System
Campaign for College Opportunity
CEOs for Cities
Complete College America
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Edwin Gould Foundation
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Hispanic College Fund
Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Institute for Higher Education Policy
Intercultural Development Research Association
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Maricopa Community Colleges
Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Miami Dade College
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
National Center for Family Literacy
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
National Conference of State Legislators
National College Access Network
National Council of La Raza
National Governors Association
National Hispana Leadership Institute
Nexus Research & Policy Center
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Project Grad USA
Southern Regional Education Board
State Higher Education Executive Officers
Texas House of Representatives, Rep. Joaquin Castro
University of California System
University of Texas System
University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College
University of Texas at El Paso
Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education