Swimming Against the Political Tide, a Public University in Georgia Reaches Out to Hispanics

Swimming Against the Political Tide, a Public University in Georgia Reaches Out to Hispanics 1

Kendrick Brinson for The Chronicle

Mariana Reyes, a freshman at Armstrong Atlantic State U., leads high-school students and their families on a tour of the campus at the end of a daylong precollege workshop. Domingo Universitario, or University Sunday, is an open house for Latino students.

Nestled on a leafy campus on the Georgia coast, Armstrong Atlantic State University is striving to position itself as a destination for Latino students, a segment of the nation's population projected to grow rapidly in the next decade and beyond.

Armstrong has responded to that demographic change—and to the call to focus on Latinos in pursuit of President Obama's goal that by 2020, the United States will lead the world in the proportion of residents with a college degree. Over