La Universidad of Imperial Valley?

Mexican universities want to expand to areas within the U.S. where prospective degree seekers reside, such as a California county that is 72 percent Latino.

Washington, UNITED STATES: The US and Mexican flags are waved during a protest rally for immigration rights 10 April 2006 in Washington, DC. Tens of thousands of people poured onto the streets of US cities for the second day of demonstrations against a proposed crackdown on the estimated 11.5 million illegal immigrants. AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
National Journal
Emily DeRuy, Fusion
Nov. 6, 2013, 7:19 a.m.

Mex­ic­an im­mig­rants lag oth­er im­mig­rant pop­u­la­tions in the United States when it comes to col­lege de­grees. But a solu­tion might come from an un­likely source: Mex­ic­an uni­versit­ies.

Sev­er­al Mex­ic­an uni­versit­ies re­cently launched ef­forts to of­fer de­grees to Mex­ic­an im­mig­rants in the United States, the Hechinger Re­port notes. The half dozen or so schools that cur­rently op­er­ate north of the bor­der mostly teach re­medi­al classes to Mex­ic­an im­mig­rants, but they’d like to ex­pand in­to full de­gree-grant­ing pro­grams.

If the ex­pan­sion works out, the pro­grams could be­ne­fit the Mex­ic­an-Amer­ic­an stu­dents the cur­rent high­er edu­ca­tion sys­tem is fail­ing to ad­equately sup­port and bring great­er re­cog­ni­tion to Mex­ic­an uni­versit­ies that ex­pand their pro­grams.

Cali­for­nia is likely to be the test­ing ground. As the Hechinger Re­port poin­ted out, more than half the state’s pub­lic school stu­dents are cur­rently Latino. Most of them are Mex­ic­an and the uni­versit­ies think there are im­mig­rants who want col­lege de­grees but feel dis­cour­aged when it comes to ap­ply­ing to and en­rolling at U.S. uni­versit­ies.

“In the next few years, we’re go­ing to be two mil­lion de­grees short of what Cali­for­nia needs. Who wouldn’t want to go to a first-rate [Mex­ic­an] uni­versity close to home?” Jonath­an Brown, a high­er edu­ca­tion con­sult­ant who works with a Mex­ic­an uni­versity con­sid­er­ing U.S. ex­pan­sion, told the Hechinger Re­port.

There are cer­tainly chal­lenges like ac­cred­it­a­tion, but if the idea pans out, ad­voc­ates told the Hechinger Re­port that the uni­versit­ies will ap­peal to Mex­ic­an im­mig­rants who may not speak Eng­lish and find nav­ig­at­ing the U.S. uni­versity sys­tem a daunt­ing pro­spect.

The uni­versit­ies could also serve un­doc­u­mented im­mig­rants who are of­ten un­able to at­tend U.S. uni­versit­ies be­cause they aren’t typ­ic­ally al­lowed to ac­cess fed­er­al fin­an­cial aid.

This art­icle is pub­lished with per­mis­sion from Fu­sion, a TV and di­git­al net­work that cham­pi­ons a smart, di­verse and in­clus­ive Amer­ica. Fu­sion is a part­ner of Na­tion­al Journ­al and The Next Amer­ica. Fol­low the au­thor on Twit­ter: @Emily_­DeR­uy

What We're Following See More »
Government Buying $20 Million in Cheese
3 hours ago

Thanks to competition from Europe, America's cheese stockpiles are at a 30-year high. Enter the U.S. government, which announced it's buying 11 million pounds of the stuff (about $20 million). The cheese will be donated to food banks.

Clinton to Receive Classified Briefing on Saturday
5 hours ago
Judge: Freddie Mac Doesn’t Have to Open Its Books
7 hours ago

"Freddie Mac shareholders cannot force the mortgage finance company to allow them to inspect its records, a federal court ruled Tuesday." A shareholder had asked the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to allow him to inspect its books and records, as Virginia law allows him to do. "The court held that Freddie shareholders no longer possess a right to inspect the company’s records because those rights had been transferred to the Federal Housing Finance Agency when the company entered into conservatorship in 2008."

Pentagon Can’t Account for 750k Guns Provided to Iraq, Afghanistan
7 hours ago

The Pentagon has "provided more than 1.45 million firearms to various security forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, including more than 978,000 assault rifles, 266,000 pistols and almost 112,000 machine guns." Trouble is, it can only account for about 700,000 of those guns. The rest are part of a vast arms trading network in the Middle East. "Taken together, the weapons were part of a vast and sometimes minimally supervised flow of arms from a superpower to armies and militias often compromised by poor training, desertion, corruption and patterns of human rights abuses."

Baltimore Is Spying on Its Residents from the Air
9 hours ago

"Since the beginning of the year, the Baltimore Police Department" has been using a Cessna airplane armed with sophisticated camera equipment "to investigate all sorts of crimes, from property thefts to shootings." The public hasn't been notified about the system, funded by a private citizen.