In 2008, Hispanics were about half as likely as African Americans and a third as likely as White students to obtain a four year degree. But similar to all college attainment statistics Hispanic females are moving forward much faster than males . Indeed, in an Amercan Enterprise Institute Study of 433 colleges, Rising To The Challenge, Hispanic women complete college at a rate similar to white males. Hispanic men fall a full 13-17% points behind white females.
What accounts for these differences? We do not know! There are many theories but no well designed experimental studies. I know of no large scale research program to obtain any answers, but we need to find out soon. See the study at www.aei.org