September 2012

The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) is a community with great assets including a significant population of Latino students, major institutions of higher education, and nationally recognized educational leaders. But it is also a community where the median family income is $30,000 a year, which is 14% lower than the state average. While 90% of the population of the Rio Grande Valley is Latino, the Latino degree attainment is still less than half that of Anglos.

Therefore, the RGV is an important proving ground for Latino student success in higher education for the region, state and country. For this reason Excelencia in Education, Educate Texas and leaders in the Rio Grande Valley have committed to collaborate to increase Latino college completion.

Using the regional factsheet, Latino College Completion: Rio Grande Valley the following partners in Excelencia’s Ensuring America's Future initiative met in October 2012 to work with the regional leaders to share resources, information and strategies: ACT, American Association of Community Colleges, American Association of Colleges and Universities, Jobs for the Future, Helios Foundation, National Association of Latino Elected Officials Educational Fund, University of Texas at Brownsville, University of Texas System, Single Stop USA, and TG.

The convening and this first regional factsheet were made possible with support from the Ford Foundation.

Excelencia in Education and Educate Texas continue an active collaboration with educational and civic leaders of the area as the region prepares for the launch of a new university http://www.utsystem.edu/news/topics/project-south-texas

Learn more about Educate Texas and the Rio Grande Valley collective impact effort by visiting: http://www.edtx.org/collective-impact/initiatives

Learn more about Excelencia in Education's site-based efforts.

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  • College Completion
  • General Research

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