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ERIC Number: ED533121
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Minority Enrollment Gains Show Region's Progress toward College Completion Goals. Fact Book Bulletin
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
Nationwide, from 2005 to 2010, 1.6 minority (non-white) students enrolled in college for every additional white student who enrolled. In the SREB (Southern Regional Education Board) region that meant 700,312 more minority college students and 411,915 more white college students. Increases in minority student enrollment accounted for almost two-thirds of the total growth in college enrollment over the period. These enrollment gains are encouraging progress toward meeting all U.S. regions' college completion goals, which many experts believe are necessary to meet the demands of the work force and international competitiveness. In 2010, the proportion of working-age adults with associate's or higher degrees in the SREB region was 40 percent for white adults, 26 percent for black adults and 21 percent for Hispanic adults. The SREB and national goals call for 60 percent of working-age adults to have a degree or career certificate in the years ahead. In 2011, for the first time in the nation's history, more than half of all babies were born to minority group families. Already in 2009, minority students were more than 50 percent of public pre-K-12 enrollment in the SREB region (compared with 46 percent nationally and 58 percent in the West). White public high school graduates are projected to fall below 50 percent of the regional total in 2017. Clearly, maintaining the historical progress in college completion hinges on growing the college completion numbers of minority students. And, demographers and education leaders will have to find new ways to talk about these trends as minority students and graduates become the statistical majority. [This paper updates the following report: "Fact Book on Higher Education: U.S. Regions and 50 States in Perspective" (ED528731).]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board
Identifiers - Location: United States