Young Hispanics’ College Enrollment Rose 24% in Year, Study Says

Aug 25, 2011, New York Times


WASHINGTON — Hispanics in the United States have registered significant gains in education, with college enrollment among young Hispanics up by 24 % from 2009 to 2010, a new report shows.

The report, published Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center and based on census data, shows that the rise in college enrollment among Hispanics ages 18 to 24 was the largest increase among all major ethnic and racial groups.

Part of the increase among Hispanic youth, who have long been lagging in educational attainment, was demographic: Hispanics are one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups. But the population of 18- to 24-year-old Hispanics rose by just 7 percent in the same time period, far slower than the surge in their rate of college enrollment, said Richard Fry, a senior research associate at the center and the author of the report.

“This isn’t just about population growth,” Mr. Fry said. “They are narrowing the gap.”

The rise pushed Hispanic college enrollment to 1.8 million, making Hispanic youths the largest minority group on college campuses in the country, surpassing the 1.7 million black college students in that age group. Hispanics surpassed blacks as a portion of the American population around 2000, and in 2010 represented 16 percent of the population.

However, Hispanics still lag in another measure, the share of the group in college. Thirty-two percent of Hispanic 18- to 24-year-olds were enrolled in 2010, compared with 38 percent of blacks, 62 percent of Asians and 43 percent of whites.

In 1972, just 13 percent of Hispanics in that age group were in college, Mr. Fry said.

The report also highlighted gains in high school completion rates for Hispanics. In 2000, just 59 percent of Hispanic 18- to 24-year-olds had completed high school; last year, 72 percent had.

Much of the growth among Hispanics has been in community colleges, the report found. Of all the young Hispanics who were attending college last October, about 46 percent were at two-year colleges, and 54 percent were at four-year colleges. In comparison, 73 percent of young white college students were enrolled in four-year colleges, 78 percent of young Asians and 63 percent of young blacks.

Online Programs Attendence Verification

August 11, 2011

Effective 7/1/11, DOE has added definitions related to “academic attendance” and “attendance at an academically-related activity”. If your institution counts “logging-in” as enough to warrant online attendance, you need to take not of these changes. No longer is simply logging into an online class sufficient to be considered attendance. In addition, students must demonstrate participation in the class by, contributing to a threaded discussion, uploading an assignment, or contacting the instructor, for example.

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The main lesson from a down job market? Stay in school. As long as you can.

Sep 16, Washington Post. By: Anthony P. Carnevale

With the unemployment rate hovering above 9 %, today’s job market is bad for everyone. One group does seem to fare better than the rest, however: The jobless rate for workers with a bachelor’s degree or better is just 4.3 percent, compared with 14.3 percent for high school dropouts.

To view the entire article, go to Washington Post – Lessons from a Down Job Market