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2014 Higher Education Summit - Brenda Calderon

April 8, 2014
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Senate Visitor Center – Room SVC 209

Achieving First in the World: Hispanic Serving Institutions and Closing the Attainment Gap”

Moderated by CHCI Higher Education Graduate Fellow Brenda Calderon

2014 Higher Education Graduate Summit White Paper - Brenda Calderon

In 2012, Latinos outnumbered their White counterparts in college enrollment. Despite the increasing number of Latino students entering higher education, completion rates are still far below other subgroups. As Latino student enrollment continues to grow, a greater emphasis on student retention and completion can aid in college degree attainment. The greatest share of this undergraduate enrollment is concentrated at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). Designated Hispanic Serving Institutions are defined as institutions of higher education that have a 25% enrollment of Hispanic students and also meet the requirement of having a 50% enrollment of needy students (Pell eligible). Panelists will discuss the changing landscape of Latinos in higher education with a focus on building capacity at HSIs for Latino student college completion.  

Opening Remarks:

Mildred Otero, Chief Education Counsel, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions


Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, CHCI Chairman

Spiros Protopsaltis, Special Assistant, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education

Deborah Santiago, Chief Operating Officer, Excelencia in Education

Mamie Voight, Director of Policy Research, Institute for Higher Education Policy

The 2014 CHCI Young Latino Leaders Summit Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.