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Many Hispanics Not Taking Advantage Of College

January 10, 2001

Demographers expect that by 2015 Hispanics will be the predominant U.S. minority culture. They are also expected to be the largest minority group in higher education by 2006.

But Hispanics still are not attending college in the numbers their presence would suggest, some experts report.

  • While 41 percent of non-Hispanic white youths go to college, only 22 percent of Hispanics go, according to the group Education=Success.
  • Although the ranks of Hispanic undergraduates climbed nearly 50 percent in six years, the 9 percent of college undergraduates who are Hispanic still doesn't equal their proportion (14.5 percent) in the general population among 18-to-24-year-olds.
  • If the education gap were closed, it would raise the income levels of Hispanic families -- and the resulting salaries would add $130 billion to the U.S. economy annually and $46 billion to annual tax revenues, the group estimates.
  • Experts dismiss the idea that the Internet will act as a substitute for formal education of Hispanics -- due to cultural blocks and resources.

While the college completion rate runs about 27 percent for the entire U.S. adult population, it is only about 10 percent for Hispanic adults.

Source: Dennis Kelly, "Education's Hispanic Gap," USA Today, January 9, 2001.


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