>U.S. Latinos Enroll in College More
>.c The Associated Press
>U.S.-born children of Hispanic immigrants are nearly as likely as whites to
>enroll in college, but less than half as likely to earn bachelor's degrees,
>according to a report released Thursday.
>``There are large numbers of Latinos who are enrolled in college,'' said
>Roberto Suro, director of the Pew Hispanic Center, which issued the report,
>``but who for a variety of reasons don't reach a degree.''
>For policymakers who want to increase the number of Hispanics with college
>degrees, those students should be the targets, Suro said.
>``They're already on campus and enrolled. The problems that are keeping them
>from graduation are not overwhelming.''
>The report by the nonpartisan research group suggested several possible
>reasons for the disparity: Hispanics are more likely than non-Hispanic whites
>to be enrolled part time or at two-year schools, could be the first in their
>families to attend college and may have been more likely to attend
>underperforming high schools.
>Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey from 1997
>to 2000, the report found that about 42 percent of second-generation Hispanic
>high school graduates ages 18 to 24 attended college, compared to 46 percent
>of whites in that age range.
>Second-generation Hispanics were more likely to go to college than
>foreign-born Hispanics, who had a 26 percent enrollment rate, or
>third-generation or later Hispanics, who had a 36 percent enrollment rate.
>But only about 16 percent of second-generation Hispanic high school graduates
>ages 25 to 29 received a bachelor's degree, compared to about 37 percent of
>whites in that age range, the report said.
>The report ``underscores that Latinos very much want to go to college, and
>that we are enrolling in college,'' said Sarita Brown, president of the
>Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute in Washington. ``It heightens the
>attention on the potential for success in college.''
>Brown, who is Hispanic and was the first in her family to attend college,
>said Hispanic students are failing to graduate because they lack adequate
>financial aid.
>Among the study's findings:
>About 75 percent of 18- to 24-year-old Hispanic college students were
>enrolled in college full time, compared to 85 percent of whites. About 40
>percent attended two-year institutions, compared to about 25 percent of
>Fewer Hispanics pursued graduate and professional degrees. Among 25- to
>34-year-old high school graduates, about 1.9 percent of Hispanics were
>enrolled in graduate school, compared to 3.8 percent of whites.
>Gregory Staff, a recent Hispanic graduate of the University of Virginia, said
>he hoped to go to law school, but finances make it tough.
>``I would like to attend law school in the near future,'' he said, but
>``heavy debt I have acquired, as well as the desire to assist my family
>financially, makes it difficult to attend.''
>College enrollment among Hispanics also varied by ethnicity and generation.
>Cuban high school graduates 18 to 24 had the highest rate, 45 percent, while
>Puerto Ricans had the lowest, 30 percent.
>Hispanic educational progress will affect the nation's economic health, the
>report predicted. Over the next 25 years, the white working age population is
>expected to decrease by about 5 million, but the number of working-age
>Hispanics is projected to rise by 18 million, the report said, citing Census
>Bureau data.
>``This is where our extra workers are going to come from,'' said Richard Fry,
>author of the report. ``It's vitally important for our nation's workforce
>that young Latinos'' improve their graduation rates.
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>09/05/02 15:25 EDT
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