Latino students are entering college at unprecedented numbers, yet they are also leaving school at higher rates. The number of Latinos between the ages of 18 and 34 who left college without completing their degree has gone up by 35 percent, while the general non-completion rate has only gone up by seven percent in the last decade. One state with a particularly high gap between the Latino and general non-completion rate is Oregon. We hear from two Oregon State University students, Jasmine Meraz and Miguel Paniagua, and learn about the hurdles students face trying to reach graduation.
To read more about Jasmine and Miguel, and to explore the national trends about Latinos and higher education, visit the special Latino USA collaboration with Community Service Society of New York.
Featured artwork by Zeke Peña