Earlier this summer Excelencia in Education unveiled an analysis of the top 25 institutions graduating Latinos in health professions and other STEM programs, along with examples of promising institutional practices. Entitled Finding Your Workforce: The Top 25 Institutions Graduating Latinos in Health Professions and Related Programs by Academic Level, this analysis is part of a project to inform recruiters and employers of institutions graduating Latinos in key sectors and encourage them to do more to engage Latinos in their workforce.
The University of Texas at Austin was noted several times throughout the publication as were other Texas universities.
Key findings of the analysis show:
- Latinos in the healthcare workforce are more likely to be in lower paying support occupations-such as home health aides or nursing aides-than higher paying practitioner and technical occupations-such as physicians, surgeons, or dentists.
- In 2009-10, 70 percent of Latinos graduating in health fields and related programs earned certificates or associate degrees.
- At the undergraduate level, the top 25 institutions at each academic level conferring certificates or degrees to Latinos in 2009-10 were located in only six states-Texas, Florida, California, Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico-and Puerto Rico.
“One-third of the projected fastest growing occupations are related to health care, and Latinos are projected to account for three quarters of the growth in America’s workforce by 2020,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education. “Excelencia in Education is providing practical information for health care industry leaders to make the direct connection between Latino college completion and America’s future workforce.”