Hispanic And Latino American Education Essay

1014 Words Mar 11th, 2016 5 Pages
As immigration rates increase Hispanic and Latino students will continue to grow in population in today’s society, and “despite some progress over the past three decades, Hispanics continue to be underrepresented at all levels of higher education relative to their representation in the U.S. population” (Perna, Li, Walsh, Raible 146). The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) states that Hispanics “represented 14% of all high school graduates in 2004-2005, but received only 11% of associate’s degrees, 7% of bachelor’s degrees, 6% of master’s degrees, 5% of first-professional degrees, and 3% of doctoral degrees in 2005-2006” (as cited in Perna, Li, Walsh, Raible pg. 146). Therefore, in this paper I will be focusing on the education of Hispanic/Latino Americans in the southern parts of the United States. I am representing the academic discipline of social sciences and will be exploring the factors that can influence a Hispanic/Latino-American’s education. Throughout this paper the use of the latest scholarly works will be implemented in helping me resolve my research question. The research question I will be attempting to solve is, what influences the Hispanic/Latino students the most when it comes to educational achievement?
There are many factors that can influence a person’s educational desires and achievements. According to Jacqueline C. Simpson, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at McMurry University, the previous educational attainment of a person’s parents…

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