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Developing Latino Leaders

University Business, Feb 2012

With the growing U.S. Latino population, it is no surprise this is also the fastest growing student population. According to a recent report from the College Board on Latino college completion (covered in University Business in the November/December issue), outreach efforts should be specific to this population. An example of this aim in action is Georgia State University. Because of a focus on the Latino population, graduation rates for Latino students have improved from 38 percent in 2000 to 59 percent in 2010, outpacing the national average of 19 percent in 2009.

Through support from The Goizueta Foundation, GSU was already providing full scholarships to one or two students every year. An additional gift of nearly $5 million from the foundation has expanded the program to include Latino Leadership Pipeline scholarships, which will provide $10,000 per year, per student to 25 students for four years. The students in the Latino Freshman Learning Communities will receive academic and social support as underclassmen and transition to mentoring and tutoring roles as upperclassmen. “This award will help us accomplish our goal of establishing a national model for undergraduate education where students from all backgrounds achieve academic and career success at high rates,” Georgia State President Mark Becker said in a written statement.

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