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Roadmap for Ensuring America's Future by Increasing Latino College Completion

March 9, 2011

Outlines policy recommendations at the community, college, state, and federal levels for raising Latino degree attainment rates to help close equity gaps and meet the nation's attainment goals. Includes examples of current efforts and best practices.

Weaving a Web of Support for Students: Assessing ENLACE New Mexico

January 1, 2009

In a state where the majority of the population is minority, how youth maneuver through the educational system plays a determining role in the economic well-being of the state. ENLACE New Mexico was created in 2001 to empower the community, students and educators to affect positive change in the public educational system, leading to increased student success, not just for Hispanics, but for all students. An acronym for Engaging Latino Communities for Education, ENLACE also has meaning in Spanish - "to link or weave together". A critical premise of "ENLACE" is that partnerships can result in systemic changes as local schools, colleges and universities work together in new ways. In addition, connecting disenfranchised communities to the educational process can shift the work from a series of disconnected projects into an educational movement. ENLACE's theory of action assumes investing in multi-pronged strategies will create the student-level and systems-level impacts that define "ENLACE's" goals and objectives. Therefore, getting incremental results, even if they are limited improvements in a small arena, signals change is possible and provides momentum for sustaining ENLACE's work. As "ENLACE" New Mexico continues to grow and evolve, participants will face continuing challenges. Establishing partnerships that will outlive fleeting external funds requires building relationships and laying down community roots to address educational disparities for the long term. In turn, these partnerships signal to students that their educational achievement matters to everyone in the community.

Student Aversion to Borrowing Who Borrows and Who Doesn?t

December 1, 2008

A basic tenet of the Higher Education Act?that no one should be denied the opportunity for an education because of a lack of money?is just as relevant today as it was in 1965. However, for millions of students, the increasing cost of a college education, combined with lower rates of growth in grant aid, have resulted in additional reliance on student loans to pay for college. The large and growing role of student loans introduces a concern that an aversion to borrowing could be limiting college enrollment choices for some students. This report investigates this possibility by highlighting the characteristics of undergraduate students who are least likely to borrow, using a number of quantitative demographic and enrollment characteristics as well as information from interviews with students and financial aid administrators. It presents a clear picture of the borrowing patterns of students who choose to enroll in college and provides suggestions about why certain students may not borrow, even when borrowing seems to be a logical choice.