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What Can Be Done About the Latino College Male Student Crisis for America’s Overall Well-Being and Economic Future?

November 30, 2011 Comments off

What Can Be Done About the Latino College Male Student Crisis for America’s Overall Well-Being and Economic Future?
Source: Institute for Higher Education Policy

It has been well documented that the future of our nation’s Latino male college student population is in peril. Postsecondary attendance and attainment numbers for Latino males continue to decline relative to their female peers. Unfortunately, this crisis has largely gone underexamined and unacknowledged by policymakers and education leaders. To help avoid the impending implications that are sure to come in response—along with safeguarding the future economic prosperity of America and securing the well-being of our rapidly growing Latina/o communities—the Institute for Higher Education Policy’s (IHEP) Pathways to College Network today introduced a “Blueprint for Action” to provide model program examples and action steps to best support Latino males to and through college and into the workforce.

The blueprint was released in a new brief, Men of Color: Ensuring the Academic Success of Latino Males in Higher Education, and it addresses three main stages:

  1. Planning and Development: Actions to take in the initial program development stage;
  2. Resource Development and Sustainability: Select steps needed to create a strong financial base and sustainable resources for continued work; and
  3. Outreach and Communications: Points of importance to sustain community buy-in and subsequent efforts to reverse the educational trends of Latino males.

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New Research Shows More Low-Income Young Adults Begin Their Higher Education Experience at For-Profit Colleges

June 29, 2011 Comments off

New Research Shows More Low-Income Young Adults Begin Their Higher Education Experience at For-Profit Colleges
Source: Institute for Higher Education Policy

While attention from policymakers, higher education leaders, nonprofit groups, and the business community remains focused on college completion and loan debt, where students start their studies in large part determines the likelihood of completing a degree program and chances of facing long-term financial distress. In a new brief, Portraits: Initial College Attendance of Low-Income Young Adults, experts at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) suggest that poverty still matters a great deal in terms of the types of institutions at which young adults are initially enrolling. In particular, they find that low-income students—between ages 18 and 26 and whose total household income is near or below the federal poverty level—are likely to be overrepresented at for-profit institutions and are likely to be underrepresented at public and private nonprofit four-year institutions.

According to the brief, from 2000 to 2008, the percentage of low-income students enrolling at for-profits increased from 13 percent to 19 percent, while the percentage enrolling in public four-year institutions declined from 20 percent to 15 percent. Portraits also includes facts pointing to the significant differences by race and gender as low-income females on the whole were twice as likely as low-income males to start at a for-profit institution. For example, data from the brief show that more Black and Hispanic females from low-income backgrounds started at for-profit institutions than at both public and private four-year institutions combined.

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Delinquency: The Untold Story of Student Loan Borrowing

March 17, 2011 Comments off

Delinquency: The Untold Story of Student Loan Borrowing
Source: Institute for Higher Education Policy

The new report, Delinquency: The Untold Story of Student Loan Borrowing, uses an unprecedented wealth of data provided by five of the nation’s largest student loan guaranty agencies to examine more than 8.7 million student borrowers with nearly 27.5 million loans who entered repayment between October 1, 2004 and September 30, 2009. With a primary focus on the nearly 1.8 million student loan borrowers who entered repayment in 2005, the study provides data on the repayment behavior of borrowers and quantifies how many are having difficulty repaying their federal education loans. The study also highlights the scope of student loan borrowers who become delinquent on their loans, but who do not default, and suggests that to fully capture borrowers’ struggle with repayment each month, data must look beyond just default.

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