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Éxito de estudiantes Latinos: Conductor clave hacia la Meta del 2025

The economic future of the United States depends more and more on the
increase of Latino graduates in universities

INDIANAPOLIS-Latinos being the fastest growing student population in the United States, a new effort focuses on the connection between the educational attainment of Latino students and the future of our national economy. Today, the Lumina Foundation launches a cooperative partnership designed to strengthen operations in key metropolitan areas that promise improvements in post-secondary education for Latino students.

Within the framework of this project and for a period of four years, Lumina will finance a total of $ 7.2 million for 12 Associations in 10 States with significant and growing Latino populations. These associations will collaborate with community leaders in politics, education, business and non-profit sectors to create, develop and sustain successful efforts with "local headquarters" that capitalize on their talents and ingenuity.

"The success of the Latino project is the culmination of almost two years of planning and commitment with various foundations and national leaders of the Latino community, said Lumina President and CEO Jamie Merisotis Through these partnerships, our goal is to build bridges between established leadership groups, in order to improve the success of Latino university students. "

Financial support, through the Latino program, will offer a variety of services to Latino students and their families, including financial literacy training; help with K12 for the subjects of transfer and transition to the university and improvement of the development courses designed to encourage more effectively the students towards courses with the possibility of obtaining credits that are valid for graduation. After extensive consultations with national, regional and local experts in philanthropy, Latino education, higher education and community engagement, Lumina Foundation has invited beneficiaries to focus on:

  • Improvement of data to make decisions
  • Connection with the community
  • Collaborative work
  • Evaluation of efforts

The Lumina Foundation, through the national goal of 2025, aims to increase the proportion of Americans with degrees and credentials above 60 percent by the year 2025. Lumina is fully aware that Latinos are key to achieving this goal and for the economic future of the nation.

With close to more than 50 million, the Latino population represents the largest and fastest growing group in the United States. By 2025, half of the country's workers will be of Latino origin. At that time, 63 percent of jobs in the United States will require some type of post-secondary education or training, according to labor economist Anthony Carnevale of the Center for Education and Manpower at Georgetown University.

"Latinos are the emblem of 21st century students," said Merisotis. "To a large extent, they are first-generation college students, many of whom are working adults, with family responsibilities, who often begin their post-secondary education in community colleges, increasing access to universities and the possibility of obtaining a college degree, the number of Latinos can be critical and our hope for Success of Latino Students will result in catalytic support and positive impact for 21st century students to be more successful. "

"The Lumina Foundation has set the bar very high for fostering innovation and collaboration through much-needed public and private partnerships to boost college-level achievement among Hispanic students." We know that to ensure Latino students will be prepared for the highly qualified jobs of today and for the industries of the future, they need real solutions that come from the grassroots leadership of the same communities where students and their families live, study and work, "said José Rico, deputy director of the White House initiative on educational excellence of Hispanics. "


"The most valuable resource in a country is its human resource." The Latino Student Success associations and their supporters will help increase the country's ability to effectively meet the educational needs of the Latino community in the United States and beyond. thus reinforcing the bright future of the United States, "said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia en Educación. "We hope to learn from your progress and help advance your promising practices."

Below is the list of institutions that will be Latino partners with Lumina, along with a brief explanation of the strategies that each will implement. Each of these organizations will receive $ 600,000 over a four-year period:


Phoenix College, A Lead Member of the Maricopa County Community College District, will lead the Phoenix Partnership with the City of Phoenix and Phoenix Union High School District, to reinforce the educational level of Latino students in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The goal is to strengthen the transition from high school to university and from the university to the workforce by: 1) creating resources that offer a single point of contact for students and their families; 2) offering more academic options to students through Arizona articulation pathways (Arizona General Education Curriculum and Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program); 3) identifying youth eligible for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) who are interested in obtaining a diploma or credential when enrolling in GED programs;

Projected result: A 20 percent increase in the number of students who earn postsecondary credentials for a period of six years.


Long Beach City College (LBCC) will partner with 31 local and state organizations to significantly increase college achievement for Latino students through community engagement in the cities of Lakewood, Signal Hill, Long Beach and Avalon. LBCC will focus its efforts on student success in the Long Beach College Promise, an education initiative seamlessly integrated with the Long Beach Unified School District and California State University, Long Beach, which aligns class work of secondary schools and college courses and guarantees placement in courses that will provide paths towards the completion of more local students. As part of the Promise, thousands of students will receive a free first semester at Long Beach City College. Further,

Projected result: Increase in access and success of university students; increased transparent collaboration among partners; improve university knowledge among the diverse audiences of the Latino community.

Santa Ana College (SAC)will create a guaranteed income path from Santa Ana to California State University-Fullerton (CSUF) and University of California-Irvine (UCI). The program ¡Adelante! SAC serves a population of 79 percent Hispanics and employs strategies that include: 1) requiring the completion of admission forms and applications for financial aid and scholarships for seniors in the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD); 2) specialized transfer of planning with support workshops for transfer, administration of individual cases and monitoring; 3) guarantee financial assistance to students with financial needs, who submit applications for financial aid; and 4) bridge of activities once SAC students advance to universities, including direct links for academic and financial support.

Projected result: Santa Ana expects 80 percent of SAUSD students to graduate; than 80 percent of the students of ¡Adelante! obtain the Associate degree within three years and that 85 percent of the students of ¡Adelante! that are transferred to CSUF or UC Irvine obtain a bachelor's degree within three academic transfer years.


Miami Dade College (MDC), with the largest enrollment of Latinos in the United States, will collaborate with 11 community partners to close the achievement gap for Latinos in Miami-Dade County (65 percent Latino population). MDC will expand its efforts to design and implement a model for the completion of the College, thus: 1) providing financial education services and resources for secondary and postsecondary students and their families; 2) designing professional development programs for counselors in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) and ensuring completion of university applications for MDCPS students; 3) aligning the MDCPS curriculum with the MDC accelerated development education program with personalized academic interventions; 4) aligning the MCD curriculum with the four-year public institutions in Florida and taking advantage of employer resources for scholarship and work opportunities (2 + 2 transfer + work); and 5) developing a public information campaign to support the success of Latino students.

Projected result: MDC expects to make significant progress to offer students access to the University and will work to achieve a 85 percent retention.


Armstrong Atlantic State Universityin Savannah, will partner with Savannah State University and Savannah Technical College, and the following community partners: Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, Junior Achievement, YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Coastal Empire, Live Oak Migrant Education Agency and Wells Fargo Bank. They will carry out CAMINO (College Access Mentoring Information and Outreach) to provide: 1) a pre-university guidance program, which will serve students from 9th to 12th grade; 2) a participation program for Latino parents of first generation students; 3) improvement of university services to support Latino students who attend the three participating colleges and universities; and 4) a marketing effort aimed at recruitment and admission,

Projected result: These efforts will double the percentage of Latino students graduating from the three participating higher education institutions in Southeast Georgia.


Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC)will collaborate with various education, business, and community leaders including the Board of Postsecondary Education to extend current programs and create new initiatives to increase the achievement of college completion for Latino students. The project will reinforce existing programs and create links to postsecondary education for traditional and senior students through the creation of the Kentucky Latino Education Alliance (KLEA). K'LEA project strategies include: 1) specialization in outreach activities; 2) support for the student and the family through the Latino outreach coordinators; 3) help with financial assistance applications and financial literacy training; 4) support services for employment and career; 5) peer mentor; 6) support conversion from two to four years; and 7) "Éxito Latino Student" training for educators, community leaders and student mentors.

Projected result: These efforts will help Kentucky Latinos overcome the barriers that hinder post-secondary participation and will allow establishing in Kentucky a good way to meet Lumina's goal, that is 60 percent enrollment by the year 2025. The goal is help 78,000 Latinos in Kentucky achieve a grade or credential by 2025

New Mexico

University of New Mexico (UNM) will collaborate with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), Albuquerque Public Schools, various community organizations, and political leaders to improve the success of Latino students through institutional changes. The United Project is based on creating a perfectly integrated transition for students through educational links and access to education services for students and their families. Educational institutions will extend a one-stop shop model (connecting services to school goals and the needs of students and their families). Based on a "no wrong door" philosophy, the strategies for the United Project include: 1) developing a community school model with two elementary schools and two high schools; 2) create transparent transitions from the APS, CNM to UNM and the workforce and complementary application of support services. The creation of the "United Council" (United Council) that will provide leadership and sustainability of the infrastructure is a fundamental part of the United Project.

Projected outcome: By providing easier access to services, along with an improved access route through channeling, UNM expects graduation rates at the secondary and postsecondary levels to increase by 10 percent each year.


The Hispanic Federation will collaborate with the City University of New York (CUNY), the Latino social services agencies of New York, the New York Department of Education, Citibank and selected schools to increase the number of Latino students from New York, who graduate with high marks. The CREAR Futuros project will build a "community of care" so that Latino students are encouraged to develop strong relationships with the people who help them.

Projected result: It is expected that forty percent of the CREAR Futuros participants graduate.

North Carolina

Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP)will partner with the Adelante Educational Coalition in a three-pronged approach aimed at students, parents and educators, in order to decrease the dropout rate from high school and increase access to post-secondary education and success for Latinos . Focusing on the growing number of Latinos in the North Carolina Research Triangle, the strategy of the HIP Latino Student Success Triangle Program includes: 1) developing a coordinated system to provide preparation throughout the year in both extracurricular activities and leadership development for high school students, as well as personalized tutoring to university students and support for first-year university students; 2) create a shared system and a corresponding evaluation method, in order to control the help to the student and the family; and 3) the continued commitment of local and state policies to promote the success of Latino students.

Projected result: These efforts will allow HIP to align strategies and take advantage of the resources resulting from direct services to more than 2,000 students and families, as well as educators.


The Tennessee Higher Education Commissionwill collaborate with the Office of the Mayor of the City of Memphis, Memphis Talent Dividend, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Kingsbury High School and the Greater Memphis Chamber to increase high school graduation and post-secondary enrollment, transfer and completion of Latino students in Memphis in the postsecondary sector. Strategies for this project include: 1) an intensive tutoring program designed to facilitate the transition between secondary education and community colleges, and community colleges and four-year institutions; 2) a program to guarantee the application of federal student aid; 3) a bilingual marketing and information campaign designed to increase access to the school for the Latino community.

Projected outcome: Memphis has the largest and fastest growing Latino population in Tennessee. To achieve the goal of increasing the number and percentage of Latino students with high-quality credentials and degrees, this project will build sustainable programs and community partnerships focused on the access and success of Latino college students.


The San Antonio Education Partnership (SAEP) will partner with four major school districts, the community college district, the main public university, and community-based organizations and grassroots organizations. This grant integrates existing programs and partnerships into a systemic and deliberate approach focusing on: 1) collecting city-wide data and shared metrics, 2) increasing the number of students completing financial aid applications, 3) applying for student development and correction efforts in high school, 4) coordination of counseling and support services tutoring, 4) increase in student transfer rates.

Projected result: These components will decrease the achievement gap of Latino students and increase, by the summer of 2015, by 30 percent, obtaining diplomas by Latino students in San Antonio.

Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC)Uvalde will collaborate with regional, state and national organizations to develop a four-level program (Introduction to the University, Graduation Progression, Transfer and Graduation, and Professional Success) to improve the graduation rate and the transfer of Latino students from southwest Texas. The strategies of its Project "Increasing the Success of Latino Students" (Increasing Latino Student Success, ILSS) include: 1) pre-enrollment counseling with individual specific guidance for the creation of a degree plan; 2) greater focus on "Core Completer Certificates" that indicate whether a student has met all the basic requirements in their field of study; 3) review of the articulation agreements with the association of institutions; and 4) expansion of support services, oriented to the preparation of achievement and degree career. The organizations that will participate in collective impact to increase the success of Latino students are: Sul Ross University, Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), The University of Texas at Austin and The Workforce Solutions Middle Rio Big.

Projected outcome: These components will allow SWTJC to provide affordable, accessible educational opportunities and create a culture of success, resulting in a 15 percent increase in graduation and transfer rates during the course of the award period.

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