Friday, December 22, 2006

Latino Immigration and Higher Education Study

Lumina Foundation for Education has awarded the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research a $226,800 grant to study the current and possible future effects of Indiana’s immigrant population on the state’s higher education system. The study will pay close attention to the Latino population, especially the portion of the immigrant population that is undocumented, according to an item in the Sagamore Institute's recent progress report.

"We will focus on three interrelated issues," Senior Fellow John Clark explains in the report. "First, we will examine the most important workforce needs that must be met for Indiana's economy to remain globally competitive. Second, we will look at the children of immigrants who are currently in college or who might enroll in the next 10 to 15 years. Third, we will examine the present and future impact of immigrant children on the state's higher education system."

The grant will support an 18-month project, including original research, three Policy Papers and several roundtable events. Clark will serve as the project’s senior researcher. He is well suited for this role, given his work on Sagamore Institute’s 'Connecting Mexico and the Hoosier Heartland' study in 2005-2006. Associate Fellow Justin Heet, who played a key research role in the Connecting study, will also be partnering with Clark on the Lumina project.

SIPR also received a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to continue and expand its community-leadership and policy-research mission in Indianapolis and beyond. The $300,000 award will support a full year of research, programming activity and general operations from December 2006 through December 2007.

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