Racial Gaps in College Degrees Are Widening, Just When States Need Them to Narrow
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Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report
While the overall proportion of Americans with college degrees has been slowly increasing, the proportions who are Black, Native American, or Hispanic are falling further behind, or staying no better than level.
It’s a problem with implications beyond equity and fairness. Several states are recognizing that, unless they can propel more people through college who have been less likely to go and to finish, they can’t meet their goals for increasing the proportion of their populations with degrees—or be able to fill jobs requiring a college education.