ERIC Number: ED471517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec-4
Reference Count: N/A
The Improving Educational Profile of Latino Immigrants.
Lowell, B. Lindsay; Suro, Roberto
This study tabulated U.S. Census Bureau survey data to track changes in the educational profile of the adult foreign-born population from 1970-2000. The data measured completed education for individuals over the age of 24 years. A comparison of native-born Americans of any race or ethnicity to Hispanic foreign-born adults from 1970-2000 showed a narrowing gap in the percentage of adults who completed high school and a large but declining percentage of adults in both groups with no more than a primary education. This group with no more than a primary education tended to be older adults. The percentage of native-born college graduates surged in the 1990s. The percentage of adults with high school education grew faster among the foreign-born than among natives. The educational profile of female immigrants improved markedly during the study period. Fewer foreign-born Hispanics than natives completed college. The number of foreign-born Hispanics who came to the United States and received their education there grew over the study period. Levels of educational attainment improved in sending countries, and those who chose to migrate to the United States were better educated than those who remained behind. (Contains 28 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, Graduation, Higher Education, Hispanic American Students, Immigrants, Racial Differences
Pew Hispanic Center, 1919 M Street, NW, Suite 460, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-292-3300; Fax: 202-785-8282; Web site: http://www.pewhispanic.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Pew Hispanic Center, Washington, DC.