ERIC Number: ED443907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Crossing the Great Divide: Can We Achieve Equity When Generation Y Goes to College? Leadership 2000 Series.
Carnevale, Anthony P.; Fry, Richard A.
This report synthesizes the available information on impending state demographic changes and their implications for the volume and diversity of undergraduate enrollment for each state. Projections derived from U.S. Census figures are that, between 1995 and 2015, the number of undergraduates will grow by 19%, to about 16 million. Contributing to this increase will be the arrival on campus of children born to post-World War II baby boomer parents, "Generation Y." Enrollments will also increase because of returning adults, enrollments of foreign students, and modest improvements in the readiness of U.S. youth to do college work. By 2015, 80% of the 2.6 million new students will be minorities: African American, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander. Minority enrollment will be about 37.2%. The increase among African Americans will be modest, but Asian Americans on campus will increase dramatically, as will Hispanic Americans. The percentage of white students on campus is expected to fall by 7.8 percentage points. In the District of Columbia and Hawaii, California, and New Mexico, minority undergraduates will exceed whites in 2015. Nevertheless, the share of 18-to-24-year-old African American and Hispanic undergraduates will still be smaller than their proportions in the same age group overall. Closing the remaining gap in minority undergraduate enrollment should be a high national priority. (Contains 45 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Asian American Students, Black Students, Census Figures, Enrollment, Equal Education, Higher Education, Hispanic American Students, Minority Groups, Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.