These Texas Schools Are the Best at Helping Latino Students Find Success

Four Texas colleges and universities are among the first in the nation honored for their efforts to help more Latinos earn degrees. Despite a significant growth in enrollment nationwide, barely 55 percent of Latinos end up earning a bachelor's degree within six years, according to the most recent federal data. In Texas, that graduation rate is only 48 percent. So the nonprofit Excelencia in Education developed a voluntary certification to recognize those schools that have shown consistent success for Latinos through intentional efforts, said Deborah Santiago, the group's chief executive officer. On Thursday, nine schools received the first Seal of Excelencia designation, including the University of Texas at El Paso, South Texas College, El Paso Community College and the Austin Community College District. Texas had seven schools among the 20 finalists, including the University of Texas-Arlington.   Continue reading...

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