College enrollment rises

As more Hispanics finish high school and pursue higher education, college enrollment grew by 6 percent in 2008, the Pew Research Center reports.

From 2007 to 2008 (the first year of the recession), the freshman enrollment of Hispanics at post-secondary institutions grew by 15%, of blacks by 8%, of Asians by 6% and of whites by 3%.

The Hispanic high school completion rate reached an all-time high of 70 percent in 2008, according to the Census Bureau, and Hispanics make up a larger percentage of the college-age population.

Overall, two-year colleges saw enrollment jump by 11 percent, trade schools went up 5 percent and four-year institutions climbed by 4 percent.  Freshman enrollment grew by 11 percent at private, for-profit institutions, which include trade schools, two-year and four-year  programs, such as the University of Phoenix.

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  1. Michael E. Lopez says:

    Unless high school scholastic achievement is also rising at a corresponding or greater rate, an increase in college enrollment isn’t necessarily a good thing.

    College enrollment is NOT the same thing as academic achievement. It’s an administrative hurdle, not a learning experience.

  2. Cranberry says:

    Any word on the college completion rate?

  3. tim-10-ber says:

    College enrollment may be rising but the kids coming out of government schools needing remedial classes is amazing. We are at my son’s orientation. The difference in the preparation of several (many?) of the government school kids vs the private school kids is astounding. I haven’t been involved with state universities for a long time…I had no clue the government schools (K-12) were doing this poor of a job…

    Maybe it is just the group of kids I ran into during this orientation…I will listen more tomorrow…I did run into kids that had dual credit so that is good but one student will go into remedial math if they don’t take a summer cram course…

    Very eye opening experience…


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