Rising College Rates Spur Hispanic Progress in Higher Education
Kelly Field, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
Between 2000 and 2015, the college-going rate among Hispanic high school graduates grew from 22 to 37 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Hispanic undergraduate enrollment more than doubled, to 3 million. More than a quarter of young Hispanics—28 percent—now have at least an associate degree, up from 15 percent in 2000.
This growth has compelled colleges to pay more attention to lingering achievement gaps between their white and Hispanic students. Institutions like Salem State University, whose student body went from five to 14 percent Hispanic over the past decade, are adding Latino leadership programs, hiring more diverse faculty, and expanding their cultural programming.