ERIC Number: EJ925513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Are We Ready for the Approaching Demographic Tsunami?
Vargas, Bolgen; Conlon, Jill E.
College and University, v86 n3 p63-65 Win 2011
For those at the high school and college levels who have been tracking the demographic changes occurring throughout the United States during the past few decades, it came as no surprise when recent U.S. Census statistics revealed that the 2010 kindergarten class is 25% Hispanic, up from 19% in 2000, and 5% Asian, up from 4% in 2000. The class is 13% black, down from 15% in 2000, and 53% white, down from 59% in 2000. Demographic projections show that a drastic change is taking place at all levels of education. They also say that the percentage of high school students who are ethnic minorities will soon be the majority. And yet these populations' high school graduation and college-going rates remain significantly lower than their white peers'. High school graduation data are undeniably bleak for the very populations that will be increasing. If educators fail to increase the high school graduation rate of the increasingly minority--and soon to be majority--student population, a tsunami of sorts will hit not only the nation's colleges but also its workforce and society. The authors suggest honest assessment of the institution's commitment to recruiting diverse students as well as faculty and staff; to addressing the ever-increasing financial barrier that prevent prospective first-generation college students from enrolling; and to understanding and addressing the high attrition rates of black and Hispanic students who do enroll.
Descriptors: School Demography, Enrollment Trends, Ethnic Groups, Graduation Rate, College Attendance, First Generation College Students, Barriers, High Schools, Strategic Planning, Futures (of Society)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States