A Deeper Look as to Why Latino Students Are Struggling to Complete College

Artwork by Zeke Peña

With all the data show that Latino students are the major driver of college enrollment growth, the fact remains: Latino students are also leaving college in greater numbers. Our Futuro Media colleagues at NPR’s Latino USA dropped a podcast and report on Friday in collaboration with data from the Community Service Society of New York to explore some reasons behind this discrepancy.

In Oregon. the gap between the Latino and general non-completion rate is relatively high. We hear from two Oregon State Latino USA producer Antonia Cereijido talks with two Oregon State University students, Jasmine Meraz and Miguel Paniagua, to learn about the hurdles students face trying to reach graduation.

The number of Latinos between the ages of 18 and 34 who left college without completing their degree has gone up by 35 percent, while the general non-completion rate has only gone up by seven percent in the last decade. One state with a particularly high gap between the Latino and general non-completion rate is Oregon. We hear from two Oregon State University students, Jasmine Meraz and Miguel Paniagua, and learn about the hurdles students face trying to reach graduation.

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