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Pew report: Record numbers of Latinos in U.S. colleges, public schools
A Pew Hispanic Center report says the faces of public schools and colleges are changing.
August 20th, 2012
03:29 PM ET

Pew report: Record numbers of Latinos in U.S. colleges, public schools

By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN

(CNN) – Latino student populations have been on an upward trajectory in the U.S. for decades, and a report released Monday says the group’s growth reached record levels last year, both in public schools and colleges.

The number of 18- to 24-year-old Latinos in college topped 2 million in 2011, accounting for 16.5% of all enrollments, according to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center. The number means Latino representation in U.S. colleges and universities is on par with the percentage of Latinos among the U.S. population, also 16.5%.

Record numbers of Latinos are also finishing college, with 112,000 earning associate degrees and 140,000 earning bachelor’s degrees. Pew states both statistics are new highs, yet Latinos still lag behind whites (1.2 million bachelor’s degrees and 553,000 associates) and blacks (165,000 bachelor’s and 114,000 associates) in degree attainment.

“Some of the growth in Hispanic college enrollments simply reflects continued growth in the nation’s Hispanic population – since 1972, the number of Hispanic 18- to 24-year-olds has grown nearly five-fold, rising from 1.3 million then to 6 million in 2011,” the report said.

However, population alone cannot explain the numbers, as eligibility to attend college also is a factor. In 2011, 76% of Latinos age 18 to 24 had completed high school, another record and a 3.5% improvement over 2010 numbers.

At the pre-kindergarten-through-12th-grade level, Latinos made up 23.9% of students in 2011, another record, according to the report from the nonpartisan Washington-based think tank.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Jorge

    Thanks, Lance. That was a great, thoughtful tip.

    September 4, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lance

    A great new book on this educational subject is "What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to understand crazy American culture, people, government, business, language and more." It provides a perspective of foreign students in the US educational process and how well they do here. Tips are provided that range from applying for admission (1 million come here each year) to understanding the cultural differences they will find in our classrooms.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jorge

    I know that there are many people in the U.S. who are mourning and knashing their teeth at the Latino push to educate their kids in order to make them more enabled and productive. Too bad, because what goes around, comes around, and the turning of the tide will catch them unprepared, because they were too busy besmirching and hindering the race of the person beside them to run their own...

    August 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |