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Latinos and college: From 'get a college education' to 'get a college degree'

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A post yesterday with details from a report that shows record Latino enrollment on U.S. college and university campuses drew some thoughtful comments from readers.

For the first time, Latino college students now make up the largest minority group in the nation’s four-year colleges and universities, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, and one-quarter of students 18-24 in two-year colleges. Altogether, there are more than two million Latinos ages 18-24 enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities, accounting for a record 16.5 percent of enrollments.

A record number of Latinos are also graduating with degrees. But they still lag behind other groups in terms of degree completion, which prompted this comment from Michael Corona:

I always struggle with these types of reports. While I’m pleased to see more Latinos enrolling in colleges and universities, it’s frustrating to know many aren’t completing their degrees. The Latino community has heard and understood the “get a college education” message for decades now; however, perhaps we should update the missive to “get a college degree.”

To which Gato Negro replied*:
Perhaps given the precarious time in which we live, more Latinos are finally realizing that without a college education, they do not (have) a chance at the American dream....

The complete Pew report can be downloaded here.

*Slightly copyedited for clarity.