Texas Lags Behind in Hispanic Enrollment

by Jessica Cervantez

When it comes to Hispanic college enrollment, Texas is lagging behind. Colleges across the state are trying to recruit more Hispanic students.

One local college, Angelina College, has been successful in recruiting more Hispanics. Hispanic enrollment at Angelina College in Lufkin has increased every year for the last ten years. In 1995, Angelina had almost 200 Hispanic students. Now, that number has risen to more than 500.

Angelina College President Larry Phillips says they target Hispanics by going out into the community, and they also have pamphlets and brochures that are written in Spanish.

While efforts continue to enroll more Hispanics, experts say there are reasons for the gap. Many potential Hispanic students may have low incomes, low levels of education, and language barriers.