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ERIC Number: ED319819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul-13
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Growth and Concentration of Hispanic Enrollment and the Future of American Education.
Orfield, Gary
This report discusses issues concerning the present and future status of Hispanics in American schools and colleges. It uses enrollment data from schools and colleges through the 1986-87 academic year in order to explore the following trends: (1) the enormous growth of Hispanic enrollment since the 1960s; (2) the intensifying segregation of Hispanic students and the inequality of the schools in which they are segregated; and (3) the increasing number of dropouts and declining college access of Hispanics. Enrollment trends in the following metropolitan areas are explored in depth: (1) Houston (Texas); (2) Los Angeles (California); (3) Chicago (Illinois); and (4) Philadelphia (Pennsylvania). The data show that Hispanics will be a massive influence in American education and that education is related strongly to mobility for Hispanics. It also indicates, however, that Hispanics are not obtaining full access to educational opportunity and appear to be moving backwards in the field of higher education in the following states where they have large numbers: (1) California; (2) Texas; (3) New York; (4) Illinois; (5) Arizona; (6) New Jersey; and (7) New Mexico. The only state that does not evidence this trend is Florida. The data indicate a striking national gap between enrollment and graduates and extraordinary variation among states. Nine tables and 19 references are included. (JS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Council of La Raza Conference (Albuquerque, NM, July 13, 1988).