National report: GVSU is third highest producer of Latino graduates in state
Grand Valley is the third highest producer of Latino graduates in
Michigan, according to a new report by Excelencia in Education.
The Washington, D.C.-based organization also reported Grand Valley
ranks fifth in Michigan in enrolling Latino students. The report, Latino College Completion: United States 2023,
provides national data on enrollment and graduation rates, and degree
completion gaps between Latinos and White non-Hispanic students.
President Philomena V. Mantella said Latino students in Michigan
graduate from four-year institutions at a rate 10 points lower than
their White non-Hispanic peers, 54 percent compared to 64 percent.
Mantella said being active in Excelencia, advocating and supporting
Latino students will help to close that gap.
Social work students celebrate their winter semester graduation.
Grand Valley ranks fifth in Michigan in enrolling Latino students, according to data from Excelencia in Education.
“GVSU is proud to stand with other institutions within Excelencia’s
network that have pledged to support Latino students," Mantella
said. "We were in the initial cohort to receive a Seal of
Excellence four years ago. Our work has not stopped. We will continue
to fulfill our promise to students and their families that GVSU will
provide a welcoming community in which they can succeed and thrive.”
Excelencia’s Presidents for Latino Student Success network
represents 4 percent of America’s colleges and universities yet, in
2022, enrolled 31 percent and graduated 33 percent of all Latinos students.
Grand Valley is among 30 institutions within the network that have
earned the Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating, through
data, practice and leadership, how they intentionally serve Latino
students while serving all.