Latino students are underrepresented in college enrollment and degree attainment at public institutions in most states, according to a report released Wednesday by the Education Trust. The report, "Broken Mirrors II: Latino Student Representation at Public State Colleges and Universities," analyzed public institutions in 44 states with at least 15,000 Latino adults who are residents. It follows another study by the group that found similar underrepresentation for black adults.
The study found that, when compared with states' proportions of Latino residents, Latino students are underrepresented at both community and technical colleges and at four-year institutions in most states. States with the largest Latino populations didn't provide Latinos the same access as white students to selective public four-year colleges. Fewer Latino students earned bachelor's degrees compared to white students, as well.
The report concludes that public institutions should commit to serving more Latino residents to improve both equity and states' economies as the demographic grows. It recommends thinking about assessment, transitioning strategies, costs and more.