Open Matter of Fact: Graduation Rates for Hispanic Students at New York’s Independent Colleges and Universities are on the Rise configuration options Matter of Fact: Graduation Rates for Hispanic Students at New York’s Independent Colleges and Universities are on the Rise

News Date: 6/14/2012

Contact: Jennifer Miller (jennifer@CICU.org; 518-436-4781) or Terri Standish-Kuon (terri@CICU.org)

Albany, NY – Graduation rates at New York’s private, not-for-profit colleges and universities for Hispanic students seeking a bachelor’s degree have increased steadily since 2000. In 2010, with a six-year graduation rate greater than 56 percent for Hispanics, the sector outpaces the national average, according to recent data analyzed by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU).

Based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), in academic year 2010-11, half of the Hispanic students who earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree in New York State did so at one of the state’s private, not-for-profit colleges or universities.

“Private, not-for profit colleges and universities are leading the way in closing the educational attainment gap so that all students can achieve their college aspirations,” said Laura L. Anglin, president of CICU. “The Independent Sector provides students and families with college search resources, events, and publications, including several translated into Spanish.”

CICU will host the fifth Annual Latino College Fair on Saturday, October 27, at Fordham University’s Rose Hill Campus in the Bronx. Admissions and financial aid representatives from more than 50 independent college and university campuses will be on hand to address questions about applying and paying for college. For more information, please visit: www.nycolleges.org.

Click here to download the chart: http://www.CICU.org/news/matteroffact.php?chart=34

* * *

About the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU): CICU is a statewide association representing the public policy interests of the chief executives of more than 100 independent colleges and universities in New York State. Founded in 1956 by a small group of private, not-for-profit college and university presidents, the Commission on Independent Colleges and  Universities (CICU) now represents 100+ independent campuses across New York State. CICU is an educational corporation formed under the New York State Regents. Its mission is to develop consensus among a diverse membership and to advance higher education public policy. For more information, visit http://www.CICU.org and http://www.nycolleges.org. Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CICU

CICU’s “Matter of Fact” is a series of electronic charts–sent via email and posted to the web–devoted to interesting observation and data related to independent higher education in New York State. Using timely analysis of key higher education and economic data, recent issues have examined graduation rates, campus sustainability, and R&D expenditures. To view past charts, visit: http://www.CICU.org/news/matteroffact.php.