college enrollment for students of color rose 2.9%
college enrollment for students of color rose 3.7%
Of the students of color who enrolled in college:
65% of Asians graduated
40% of African Americans graduated
45% of Latino/a's graduated
36% of American Indians graduated
(a decrease from previous years)
High school completion rate for African Americans &
Latino/a's has increased over the past 20 years:
86% of African Americans graduated high school
(1977 rate was 45%)
62% of Latino/a's graduated high school
(1977 rate was 54%)
83% of Caucasians graduated high school
(1977 rate was 83% - the same)
Caucasians experienced the largest gain at college
level. Since 1977, college participation rate for whites ages 18-24 has increased from 32% to 45%.
In 1997, 40% of African American high school graduates
began college as compared to 31% in 1977.
In 1997, 36% of Latino/a high school graduates
college as compared to 29% in 1990, 28% in 1980, and
31% in 1977.
In 1997, in the age 25-29 group:
- 29% of Caucasians have a bachelors degree or higher.
- 14% of African Americans have a bachelors degree or higher
- 11% of Latino/a's have a bachelor's degree or higher
American Indians account for only 1% of all college
students. They have, however, experienced a 54% increase in college enrollment between 1988-1997. Between 1996-1997
American Indian college enrollment rose by 3.4% at the undergraduate level and by 5.4% at the graduate level.
Although American Indians earned only a fraction
of the degrees awarded nationwide in 1997, they experienced a 10.5% increase from the previous year among all racial
and ethnic groups. In 1997 American Indians earned 6.7% more associate degrees than in 1996, 6.4% more bachelor's
degrees, and 8.2% more master's degrees.
Students of color, however, remain underrepresented
at every degree level in 1996-1997:
African-Americans represented 11% of undergraduate
students and earned 8% of all bachelor's degree.
Latino's represented 9% of undergraduate students
but earned only 7.5% of associate degrees and 5.3% of bachelors degrees. Latino/a's made up 4.6% of graduate students
but earned only 3.7% earned their masters degrees.
Asian Americans saw a 7.5% increase at the associate
degree level, 5.6% at the bachelors level, 1.7% at masters degree