Second Annual Deans’ Forum on Hispanic Higher Education
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) invites college and university deans and senior administrators, particularly those in business or STEM education, to participate in the Second Annual Deans’ Forum on Hispanic Higher Education. The purpose of this special forum is to provide an opportunity for networking and discussion on issues and opportunities for the academic success of Hispanic students in higher education. Our focus this year will be on external and internal partnerships that foster career opportunities for Hispanic students in business and STEM fields.
In 2011, over 52.5 million Hispanics resided in the U.S., plus an additional 3.7 million in Puerto Rico. This represents approximately 17.0% of the overall U.S. population. However, only 14.5% of Hispanics have a bachelor’s degree and 4% an advanced degree, compared to 34.5% and 12.5% for non-Hispanic whites. The gaps are even wider in STEM areas.
Much work needs to be done to improve the access, recruitment and retention of Hispanic students in higher education. But assuring readiness for career opportunities, especially in high demand and competitive fields, is also part of the picture. Collaboration both within the institution and with outside corporate or government partners seems an important key to assuring the pipeline is complete all the way to employment. HACU is bringing together administrators from colleges and universities across the country to discuss the state of Hispanic higher education and how together we can address these pressing issues. At the forum, a panel will discuss working partnerships that can make STEM and business career opportunities more accessible for Hispanic students. This will be an interactive discussion, so come prepared to share your experience, challenges, promising practices, and ideas.