The level of Florida’s economic competitiveness over the long term will depend on the degree of preparation of Hispanic university students,
according to a report released Tuesday at Miami Dade College.The state’s economic health, in the near term, and the strengthening of human capital will, in large measure, rest on the academic success of Latino college students, MDC president Eduardo Padron said.Padron, along with several experts, presented at a press conference the report entitled “Florida Policy Options to Accelerate Latino Student Success in Higher Education.
”This third report prepared by the
Washington-based organization Excelencia in Education! emphasizes that
Florida needs a more educated active population to consolidate itself as an economically competitive state.Therefore, the low academic achievement of Hispanics in Florida is of concern, with just 23 percent of Latinos over age 25 having a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2008. READ FULL STORY