FACTS BEHIND HENA
HIGHER EDUCATION FOR A NEW AMERICA

• In 40 years, there will be more Latino children in the United States public schools than Anglo children.

• Last fall, for the first time, the majority of first graders in Texas were Latinos

• In 10 years, these children will be entering college

• Today, only 13 percent of Hispanics 25 years and older have a bachelor’s degree.

• Today, nearly nine out of 10 low-income, first-generation students leave college within six years and don’t have a degree 

• In 8 years, the U.S. economy will need 22 million new workers with college degrees, but it is projected we will fall short by at least 3 million.

• Mexican Americans and first-generation students face unique challenges:
  • Parental pressures to quit school and go to work 
  • Assimilation in classrooms and residence halls
  • Lack of academic preparation
  • An aversion to loans, even when one can demonstrate the return on educational investment

• 63 percent of OLLU’s students are Mexican Americans, five times the national average

• 60 percent are first-generation, twice the national average

• A study by USC named OLLU among the top 25 nationally for educating Latinos in STEM fields. 

Sources: U.S. Census, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. News & World Report, Houston Chronicle, Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System, OLLU Office of Institutional Research, and the University of Southern California.

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