USA Today has an article presenting some pretty distressing findings about Hispanics and higher education:

Nearly nine in 10 Hispanics say it’s “necessary” to get a college education to get ahead in life — more than any other ethnic or racial group in the USA. But Hispanic students’ plans to get an actual diploma fall well below those of other groups, a survey finds: Fewer than half of Hispanic 18- to 25-year-olds say they plan to get a bachelor’s degree, well below the 60% of all young people who say the same.

The findings, reported in a survey released today by the Pew Hispanic Center, suggest several reasons for the divide between aspirations and reality, including language barriers, parents’ abilities to play an active role in education and students’ desires to help support their families.

Startlingly, three quarters of Hispanic students who drop out of high school do so because they feel they have to support their families.

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.