Latinos in College: Closing the Graduation Gap

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Across the United States, more Hispanic students than ever before are enrolling in college. Yet, they are still less likely than other groups to graduate with a four-year college degree. What action is needed to close achievement gaps and boost their college completion rates?

Community colleges have in recent years become a popular option for Latino students looking for a more affordable alternative, but how are they performing when it comes to providing a quality education and boosting graduation rates? What other approaches can leaders in the education space adopt to tackle barriers related to access and the cost of a college degree? How can education officials and lawmakers provide support to educational institutions seeking to retain and improve outcomes for students of color?

As Congress takes on the task of reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, The Hill and The Hill Latino convened policymakers, education officials, and college presidents for a solutions-focused conversation on Hispanic student success.


  • Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Member, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
  • Rafael Bernal, Staff Writer, The Hill
  • Congressman Joaquin Castro
  • Bob Cusack, Editor-in-Chief, The Hill
  • Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX), Co-Chair, Congressional Hispanic-Serving Institutions Caucus
  • Diana Natalicio, President, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Madeline Pumariega, Chancellor, The Florida College System
  • Carlos Santiago, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education 
  • Sarita Brown, President, Excelencia in Education (Sponsor Perspective)
  • Jessi Gordon, Senior Consultant, Education and Workforce Development, Gallup (Sponsor Remarks)
  • Félix Matos Rodríguez, President, Queens College (Sponsor Perspective)