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Latest Report Offers Recommendations on Broadening Participation in STEM Fields for Latina & Latino College Students

Expanding community college research opportunities for Latino students are essential to broadening their participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, according to the latest report from the Center for Urban Education's three-year study documenting the institutional pathways Latinos take in earning STEM baccalaureates.

"Tapping HSI-STEM Funds to Improve Latina and Latino Access to STEM Professions" examines the most commonly used forms of financial aid and college financing strategies among Latino STEM bachelor's degree holders. It looks at students who earned associate's degrees and attended Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in comparison with those who did not.

The report suggests that one way of expanding the pipeline of Latino students in STEM fields is to increase research opportunities at community colleges and HSIs, where most of them are enrolled. This can be done by incorporating them into the core curriculum, rather than treating them as separate programs.

An infusion of new federal monies - $100 million annually through 2019 - is slated to increase degree attainment in STEM fields at HSIs. The funding comes from the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA) that President Obama signed into law in March 2010.

To read the report, click here.

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