A report: California Latinos and higher education

The number of Latinos in California with two- and four-year degrees has doubled in little more than a decade, a dramatic increase. But compared with the overall, growing Latino population, the proportion of college-trained Latino adults over the same period has remained flat — roughly one in 10 from 2005 to 2015.

The figures are from a new study commissioned by Univision’s Political, Advocacy and Government Group — which is separate from the network’s news division — on Latinos’ access to higher education in California and reflect the obstacles facing Latinos seeking a college education.

California’s Hispanic population, the largest in the nation in a state with 40 million people, has grown exponentially – from 16 percent of the total in 1970 to a plurality of the population today and, at about 15 million people, the largest single ethnic group. The Latino population nearly doubled during the two decades from 1980 to 2000 alone, according to Department of Finance and U.S. Census figures.

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