A new study shows that Hispanic high school graduates are more likely to enroll in college than white or black graduates. According to a recent Pew Research Center analysis of Census data, about seven out of 10 Hispanic high school graduates from the class of 2012 enrolled in college in the fall.
That enrollment rate was two percentage points higher than the rate among whites and six percentage points higher than the rate among blacks. In 2000, less than half of all Hispanic high school graduates enrolled in college the next fall.
While college enrollment rates have gone up, the Latino dropout rate has gone down. Hispanic students are still more likely to dropout of school than white students, but the Latino dropout rate has been cut in half since 2000. 14 percent of Latinos between the ages of 16 and 24 were high school dropouts in 2011, compared to 28 percent in 2000, ABC News reported.
From the report:
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“It is possible that the rise in high school completion and college enrollment by Latino youths has been driven, at least in part, by their declining fortunes in the job market. Since the onset of the recession at the end of 2007, unemployment among Latinos ages 16 to 24 has gone up by seven percentage points, compared with a five percentage point rise among white youths. With jobs harder to find, more Latino youths may have chosen to stay in school longer.
Another factor, however, could be the importance that Latino families place on a college education. According to a 2009 Pew Hispanic Center survey, 88% of Latinos ages 16 and older agreed that a college degree is necessary to get ahead in life today. By contrast, a separate 2009 survey of all Americans ages 16 and older found that fewer (74%) said the same.”