ERIC Number: ED351974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Trends in Minority College Graduates and College Educational Attainment in Pennsylvania, 1980 to 1989.
Redd, Kenneth E.
A study was done to describe the trends in the number and proportion of racial/ethnic minority graduates from Pennsylvania colleges and universities in the 1980s to see if minorities in the state that made gains relative to whites. The study analyzed data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey reports. These data showed that racial/ethnic minorities generally made gains in college educational attainment in Pennsylvania, but that amount of gain varied greatly by racial/ethnic group. From 1980-81 to 1989-90 the total number of racial/ethnic minority graduates rose by 35.4 percent while the number of white graduates increased by just 6.7 percent. Much of the gains for racial minorities were due to the number of Asian graduates, which grew by over 150 percent. The number of non-resident aliens increased by 88 percent, Hispanics by nearly 64 percent, and American Indians by 6.7 percent. However, the number of Black graduates fell by about 7 percent. Overall, trends indicate that though a greater proportion of Blacks attended college, a relatively larger share were leaving universities before they received their degrees. In addition students from other groups were more likely to complete their educations and receive degrees. Ten figures and six tables illustrate the report. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, American Indians, Asian Americans, Black Students, Census Figures, College Attendance, College Graduates, College Students, Degrees (Academic), Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, School Holding Power, Trend Analysis, White Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, Harrisburg.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Department of Education