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Hispanic Grads Pass Their Peers in College Enrollment

May 20, 2013
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The Pew Research Hispanic Center released a new analysis showing that Hispanic high school graduates have passed whites in the rate of college enrollment.

In a report by Richard Fry and Paul Taylor, the center says that "a record seven-in-ten (69 percent) Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, two percentage points higher than the rate (67 percent) among their white counterparts."

Furthermore, the center's analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that according to the most recent available data, in 2011, "only 14 percent of Hispanic 16- to 24-year-olds were high school dropouts, half the level in 2000 (28 percent)."

A recent comprehensive investigation of high school graduation rates finds that 78 percent of Hispanics graduated from high school in 2010, an increase from 64 percent in 2000.

The high school dropout rate among whites also declined during that period -- from 7 percent in 2000 to 5 percent in 2011, but not as much as the Hispanic rate.

The Hispanic college enrollment rise is a trend that accelerated with the onset of the recession in 2008, the report says.

Still, Hispanics lag behind whites on some key higher education measures.

Young Hispanic college students are less likely than their white counterparts to enroll in a four-year college (56 percent versus 72 percent), they are less likely to attend a selective college, less likely to be enrolled in college full time, and less likely to complete a bachelor's degree.

Source: Copyright Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)

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