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Attaining an education is one of the key social determinants of health. Education impacts future economic well-being, job growth, and your long-term physical and mental health. Latinos have made great strides in education in the last decade.
As of recent reports, the rate of Latino high school dropouts is at an all-time low while rates of graduation are at all-time highs. Latinos are also enrolling in more two- and four-year colleges and universities.
While things are looking up, there is still a significant gap in educational attainment between Latinos and other racial and ethnic groups. In order to make an impact on this gap, more colleges and universities are addressing this problem in creative and “outside-the-box” manners.
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Recently, The Hechinger Report put forth several unique ideas that colleges in the U.S. could do to help Latino students succeed academically.
- View student failure as a problem with the institution, not the student. Far too often, college-level educators do not take it upon themselves to ensure that every student enrolled in their classes finds success. That often feels many students, especially many Latino students who are often the first-generation to attend college, left out and isolated.
- Encourage students to study together and to support each other. Research has shown that students who study together dramatically increase their rates of academic success. Students also performed better in the classroom when sitting with together with their group. This should be encouraged by professors at the graduate and undergraduate level.
- Make the success of Latino students a campus-wide priority. Instead of having one isolated “office” to chart the success of minority students, it should become a campus-wide issue. In essence, everyone should care about this issue.
- Create a large group of concerned, aggressive counselors for minority students. As previously stated, many Latinos find themselves in the position of being the first members of their families to attend secondary school. This often leaves them without a structured support system that understands the intricacies of college life and education. By creating a group of counselors that understand the cultural situations that minority students come from, they can give them better chances at success.
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