WASHINGTON – Excelencia in Education has unveiled the 2015 Factbook, which provides timely information about current Latino student educational achievement and establishes a baseline from which to measure performance over time.

“Every educational experience from early childhood to high school and into the workforce influences the potential for success,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education.  “For this reason, this publication looks critically at the entire educational pipeline.”

“One of Excelencia in Education’s strategies to compel action to increase Latino student success is to provide timely information about the condition of the fast growing and young Latino population in education,” said Deborah Santiago, chief operating officer and vice president for policy at Excelencia in Education.

The publication provides key insights about Latinos in America today, including:

●       In 2011, Latinos represented 24% of public school enrollment and are projected to represent 30% by 2023.

●       Latino children were more likely to live in poverty, along with African Americans, than others. In 2012, 33% of Latino families with children under 18 lived below the poverty level, compared to African Americans (39%), Asian (14%), and White (13%) families

●       Between 2004 and 2013, the number of Latinos earning an associate degree or higher increased 71% (3.8 million to 6.5 million)

●       By 2060, Latinos are projected to represent 31% of the total U.S. population


With more than 20 individual fact sheets, the 2015 Factbook profiles the state of education for Latinos across the pipeline including in higher education, in STEM fields, in the workforce, at Hispanic-Serving Institutions and the top 25 institutions graduating Latinos at every level. Some of the key fact sheets include:

National Snapshot17%: In 2012, Latinos were the second largest racial/ethnic group in the United States, with a total population of 53 million, while Whites were 63%.

Latinos in Early Childhood Education39%: By 2050, Latinos are projected to represent more than one-third of the U.S. population under the age of 5, compared to Whites (31%), African Americans (13%), and Asians (7%).

Latinos in K-12 Education70%: In 2012, the majority of recent Latino high school graduates enrolled in college, compared to their White (66%) and African American peers (56%).

Education Themes91%:  In a 2011 national survey, an overwhelming majority of Latino parents reported they expected their child to obtain some level of higher education above a high school diploma.

Latinos in Higher Education46%:  In 2012, Latinos were more likely to enroll in community colleges, compared to African Americans (34%), Asians (32%), and Whites (31%).

Top 25 Institutions Graduating Latinos – All Disciplines25%: The percent of all Latinos who earned degrees at the top 25 institutions awarding degrees to Latinos in 2012-13.

HSIs Profile: 2012-1359%: The percent of Latino undergraduates enrolled at HSIs in 2012-13.

Latinos in the Workforce2.5%: The annual increase of Latino participation in the labor force between 2012 and 2022; participation for non-Hispanic White is expected to decrease 0.2%.


The release of “The Condition of Latinos in Education: 2015 Factbook” continues Excelencia in Education’s commitment to providing information on Latino educational progress and to recognize the practices, policies and partnerships with evidence of effectiveness in serving Latino students. Excelencia will continue to expand the knowledge and network of action-oriented leaders to increase Latino college completion, and thus develop America’s workforce and civic leadership.

Excelencia in Education accelerates Latino student success in higher education by promoting Latino student achievement, conducting analysis to inform educational policies, and advancing institutional practices while collaborating with those committed and ready to meet the mission. Launched in 2004 in the nation’s capital, Excelencia is building a network of results-oriented educators and policymakers to address the U.S. economy’s need for a highly educated workforce and engaged civic leadership. For more information, visit: www.EdExcelencia.org.




Release Date
Thu, 01/22/2015 - 8:29am
Washington, DC
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