Friday, August 26, 2011

Hispanics surpass blacks in college enrollment

Not sure how to take this news. It's great to see hispanics take advantage of educational opportunities in this country whether their families recently immigrated here or have been here for several generations. Just wonder what it means for blacks if there aren't as many of us enrolling in colleges:
The population of young Hispanic college students more than doubled since 2000. And the reason is not just growth in the overall population of young Hispanics, which grew 38 percent in that time.

Hispanics are succeeding in U.S. schools at unprecedented levels. The share of young Hispanics completing high school hit 73 percent in 2010, up from 60 percent in 2000, according to Census Bureau data. The share of young Hispanics attending college reached 32 percent last year, up from 22 percent in 2000.

“This is a growing population, but it’s more than that,” said Richard Fry, a senior research associate at Pew. “This is a growing population that is increasingly finishing high school and increasingly going to college. . . . There’s a good message here.”

This milestone was foreshadowed by trends in public high schools, where Hispanics overtook blacks among graduates in 2008, Fry said.

Black students are succeeding in high school and college at higher rates, as well. But the overall black population is not rising at the same pace as the Hispanic population.
Via Newsalert!

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