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The number of colleges designated as Hispanic-serving institutions declined during the pandemic, reversing a 20-year trend. Experts worry that the dip could put Latino students at an even greater disadvantage.

The number of colleges with Latino enrollment of at least 25 percent - designated as Hispanic-serving Institutions - has declined during the pandemic, reversing a 20-year trend in higher education, and putting these students at a disadvantage. Read more»

Many students whose last years of high school were disrupted by the pandemic are struggling academically in the foundational college courses they need - now, as college students, they are not only are less prepared than they should be, they’ve forgotten how to be students. Read more»

From kindergarten through 12th grade, students learning English are entitled to the resources to get them the same education as English-proficient peers, but what they receive varies drastically depending on where they live - and the path to college is largely uncharted and unregulated. Read more»

Undocumented college graduates, facing classic adulthood 'firsts' along with the challenges of their immigration status, are turning to each other for support by creating alumni associations.

To help pad the landing for graduates without citizenship, Yadira Hernandez founded the Undocumented Student Association of UCLA so that graduates could support each other, share tips for survival and develop clear pathways for those students who come next. Read more»

In some cases, Black and Latino students feel a strong sense of responsibility to provide for their families, either financially or with tasks like child care for younger siblings, she said —  which professors may not see as valid reasons for assignment extensions.

Financial pressure, spending excessive time in remedial classes, and feelings of exclusion or isolation are among the reasons white students at public colleges are two and a half times more likely to graduate than Black students, and 60 percent more likely to graduate than Latinos. Read more»