Blog: Higher Ed Beat
It’s been a little over 20 years since the federal government first recognized the “Hispanic-serving institution” distinction, prompting Excelencia in Education and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities to release an analysis of the latest academic year and highlights from the past two decades Wednesday.
On Monday, the College of Southern Nevada became the state’s first Hispanic-serving institution — a designation that two more Nevada colleges also might earn in the near future as the Las Vegas Valley’s Latino population continues to grow.
Three decades ago, some Latinos said they didn’t feel welcome on the “overwhelmingly white” University of California, Santa Barbara campus, according to some reports. Now, the school is the fourth in the UC system to be designated a Hispanic-serving institution – a classification given to schools where at least 25 percent of students are Hispanic.
The report, released last week, is comprised of more than 20 fact sheets profiling the state of Latinos in education across the pipeline.
EWA Radio recently spoke with several national reporters about what the president’s State of the Union address said (and also, what it didn’t say) about his plans for public schools. They also provided some thoughtful insights about what’s looming on the federal education policy landscape.
On Tuesday night, President Obama renewed his commitment to making community college free to most students, despite a distinct lack of enthusiasm from the Republican-controlled Congress.
For the policy wonks and advocates hoping for more than a passing mention of K-12 education in President Obama’s State of the Union, it was a long 59 minutes.
A community college computer-science class made up mostly of Latinos has set its sights on bringing more diversity to the technology industry.