Excelencia in Education focuses intentionally on increasing Latino degree attainment and brings the role of Latinos in increasing the country’s college degree completion to the forefront of national attention. The nation cannot reach its degree attainment goals without substantially increasing Latino college completion. While all groups will have to increase college degree attainment to meet the goals, increasing Latino educational attainment is crucial for the U.S. to meet its future societal and workforce needs for three main reasons: 1) the Latino population is growing rapidly and will make up a greater percent of the U.S. population by 2020; 2) Latino educational attainment is currently lower than that of other groups; and, 3) many economically competitive jobs in the U.S. will soon require education beyond a high school degree.
At the undergraduate level, the top 25 institutions conferring certificates or degrees to Latinos in STEM in 2012-13 were located in a small number of states - Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Texas - and Puerto Rico
Excelencia in Education, 2015. Finding Your Workforce: Latinos in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)