ERIC Number: ED434702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Minority Student Achievement and Workforce Success in Arizona: A Research Study.
Gonzalez, Arturo; de la Torre, Adela; Garcia, John
This report summarizes a study of student achievement and workforce success that used data from the 1990 U.S. Census of Arizona. It focuses primarily on Hispanics and Native Americans in Arizona. Sections contained in this report are: (1) "Macro-Economic Conditions"; (2) "Educational Attainment"; (3) "Workforce Achievement"; (4) "Importance of Education to Earnings"; and (5) "Conclusion and Policy Implications." An appendix containing 8 tables. The data presented suggest that increasing educational attainment is key to reducing the earning disparities between minority and non-minority workers. Nearly half of the Hispanics and Native Americans are not high school graduates and less than 5 percent have a bachelor's degree. Students who drop out of high school average $875 to $2,200 less per year than similarly skilled high school graduates. On average, those with some college experience earn $2,500 more than high school graduates, while community college graduates earn $4,000 and college graduates earn $14,000 more. This study highlights current initiatives that focus on increasing education attainment: the School-to-Work System, the Arizona Student Achievement Program, the National Employment Leadership Council, and the Governor's Strategic Partnership for Economic Development. Five policy goals are suggested: (1) target dropout prevention programs to at-risk minorities; (2) provide greater support to community colleges for increase transfer success; (3) assist the upward mobility of the workforce; 4) expand the pool of workers; and (5) increase labor force participation. (RDG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, Phoenix.
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Mexican American Studies and Research Center.