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ERIC Number: ED480917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0889-8049
Hispanics in College: Participation and Degree Attainment. ERIC Digest.
Fry, Richard
This digest examines the extent and nature of Hispanic college enrollment in comparison to that of other racial and ethnic groups. Patterns of college entry and participation are analyzed by nativity, ethnicity, and age. College completion data show that while roughly 10 percent of Hispanic high school completers finish their schooling with an associate's degree, similar to their white peers, they markedly trail their white peers in finishing a bachelor's degree. Only 16 percent of high school educated Hispanics finished a bachelor's degree, compared to nearly 37 percent of their white peers. Undergraduate enrollment patterns indicate that Hispanic college students are concentrated in community colleges and are the least likely young college students to pursue their studies full-time. The digest discusses reasons for Hispanic students lagging other groups in attaining college degrees, including delayed postsecondary enrollment, part-time enrollment, not having a regular high school diploma, working full-time, being financially independent, having children or dependents, and being a single parent. The data analyzed in the digest also show that Hispanics lag far behind in pursuing post-baccalaureate education, mainly because they lag in bachelor's degree completion. (Contains 11 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.