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ERIC Number: EJ869081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep-17
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Disappearing Act
Oguntoyinbo, Lekan
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v26 n16 p14-15 Sep 2009
Latino males are more likely to drop out of high school and are more likely not to finish college. While the number of Latino males enrolled in colleges and universities has increased in the last 20 years, it has not kept pace with that of other ethnic groups. In addition, the gap between the number of male and female Hispanics on the nation's campuses has widened. Of the 1.3 million Latinos on campus, 57% are female, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Experts say the number of Americans of Hispanic descent is growing at a rate four times faster than that of the rest of the nation. Hispanics make up 15% of the U.S. population, a figure that is expected to double in 40 years. Hispanics also tend to be younger and are more likely to enter the labor force than the rest of the population in general. So the paucity of Hispanic males in college, they say, could ultimately have dire economic implications for the nation and for its competitiveness in areas like technology transfer, engineering, medicine and applied science. A variety of social, cultural and financial barriers appear to have contributed to the low numbers of Hispanic males in postsecondary education. Experts say the nation must do better in trying to address the crisis of the education of Latino males.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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