By Ginger Livingston, The Daily Reflector
Friday, October 24, 2008
Helping a growing Latino population send its children to college is going to require creative thinking about the nation's universities, an expert in Latino education said during a conference on Latino issues.
Antonio Esquibel, an author, professor emeritus and member of the board of trustees at Metropolitan State College in Denver, was the keynote speaker during a conference on building leadership to help Latinos access education.
More Latino students are graduating from high school, he said. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, an education research and policy organization, released a report earlier this year showing that between the 2004-05 and 2014-15 school years, the graduation rate of N.C. Latinos will grow between 10 percent and 20 percent, Esquibel said.
Esquibel studied the movement of Latino children through the educational system. He found that, of 1,000 elementary age students, 41 percent received some form of preschool education. As those elementary school students moved up the educational ladder, their numbers declined: only 60 percent graduated from high school, with 53 percent of that group going on to college.
Few of those students graduated: only 83 of the original 1,000. Of those who did graduate college, 20 pursued advanced degrees, Esquibel said.
Esquibel's father was a migrant laborer who moved to Detroit during World War II when the United States government invited Mexican workers into the country because of labor shortages. Esquibel holds a doctoral degree.
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