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UA to study Hispanic college prep

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 15, 2011 at 6:54 a.m.

— The University of Arkansas office of diversity affairs has received a $121,520 grant to look into why fewer Hispanics than whites in Arkansas are prepared for college.

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education awarded the grant, which also is geared toward finding a way to close the gap.

Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity Luis Restrepo says only 50 percent of Latinos take the ACT, a standardized college prep test, compared with 80 percent of whites. Restrepo says Hispanic students who do take the ACT tend to place significantly lower than whites.

Restrepo says educational barriers, socio-economic differences, language and immigration status may contribute to the gap.

He says officials want to know if and how the schools' institutional cultures are related to the low percentage of Hispanics taking the test.

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cckswoop says... November 15, 2011 at 9:05 a.m.

College is not an entitlement or right. From elementary school through high school our schools need to get with it and stop trying to be all things to all people. A big part of this problem is language. To really function you must be proficient in english. Bilingual schooling will not achieve this. Neither will doing favors for one group over another. If it favors one group over another, it is cheating one group from what they have earned.

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pat72209 says... November 15, 2011 at 9:14 a.m.

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink!!. EVERYONE (EVEN WHITES) IS NOT COLLEGE MATERIAL. For God's sake, someone has to do jobs that are not college level jobs. Our educators have been trying to unravel the mystery of why they can't get everyone to achieve on the same level for years. All races have a piece of the top level pie as they strive to!! Paying all kinds of people to go to college is insane....but they are enjoying it.

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