Leaders Will Release Policy Solutions for Education of Latinos
Local seminar will release policy solutions for better access and success in higher education


A group of leaders from across Texas will gather in Austin on Wednesday to unveil policy reform solutions to the disparities in higher education access and success for Latino students. The seminar will include K-12 educators, and college and university leaders, community and business advocates, and policymakers. They will focus on: preparation, access, institutional persistence, affordability, institutional resources, graduation, and graduate/professional studies.

InterAction is a Texas initiative of IDRA involving a series of three policy forums leading into this statewide seminar to build stronger linkages among K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and the community to create meaningful policy reform solutions. Each of the forums leading up to this seminar looked at a specific community of interest – the border, urban and rural areas. The forums were hosted by the University of Houston-Downtown, University of Texas-Permian Basin and the University of Texas-Pan American, respectively.

  • Texas high schools lose one third of their students before graduation; they lose one half of their Latino students, which dramatically lowers the number eligible for college.
  • Only one of five high school graduates enrolls in a Texas public university the following fall.
  • 13 of 19 public universities in Texas graduate less than half of their students; six graduate less than a third.

Wednesday, February 2, 2005 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Board Room # 2.140 1200 East Anderson Lane, Austin


This initiative of the Intercultural Development Research Association is supported by Houston Endowment, Inc.


Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Executive Director, Intercultural Development Research Association

Ms. Norma Cantú, Professor of Education and Law, University of Texas School of Law

Dr. Jaime Chahín, Dean, College of Applied Arts, Texas State University

Mr. Albert H. Kauffman, The Civil Rights Project, Harvard University

Dr. Raymund Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

As well as other participants

IDRA is an independent, private non-profit organization, directed by María Robledo Montecel, Ph.D., dedicated to creating schools that work for all children. As a vanguard leadership development and research team for more than three decades, IDRA has worked with people to create self-renewing schools that value and empower all children, families and communities. IDRA conducts research and development activities, creates, implements and administers innovative education programs and provides teacher, administrator, and parent training and technical assistance.