Lara Accepts Nomination to Serve on the College Board’s National Hispanic Advisory Committee

August 23, 2011

Lara joins nationwide and international efforts to improve Latino’s access to and readiness for higher education

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) has accepted a nomination to serve on the College Board’s National Legislative Hispanic Advisory Committee for College Completion, the first of its kind. The Advisory Committee, made up of experienced state legislators and staff from across the country, will develop recommendations for policy experts and lawmakers nationwide to help increase Latino college attainment and completion rates.

The College Board’s Hispanic Advisory Committee for College Completion is committed to increasing the number of students who earn a college degree and are advancing the “55 by 2025 Initiative” which seeks to attain a 55% college completion rate across the nation by 2025.  Ensuring Latino success will be crucial to meeting that goal.  Latinos make up 16% of the U.S. population, or 50.5 million.  However, only 13% of Latinos currently hold a bachelor’s degree, compared to 30% non-Hispanic whites.  Only 4% hold an advanced degree compared to 10% non-Hispanic whites.

“By 2020, one in five college-age adults will be Latino.  It is imperative that we identify and implement strategies for supporting not only Latino enrollment in higher education, but completion as well.” said Lara.  “The fastest growing jobs will soon require a post-secondary degree and I want to make sure Latinos are well equipped to fill those future jobs.”

The first Hispanic Advisory Committee meeting will take place August 26th in New York City. The Hispanic Advisory Committee is a committee of the College Board, a not-for-profit membership association representing more than 5,900 colleges, universities and schools.  In addition to administering the SAT and AP exams, they lead national and international efforts to improve access to and readiness for higher education.