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Hispanic Graduates Pass Whites in College Enrollment Rates

Will this trend result in greater diversity in corporate workforces?

By Chris Hoenig


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Hispanic high-school graduates are now enrolling in college at a higher rate than white graduates, according to a study from the Pew Research Hispanic Center.

The study found that a record 69 percent of Hispanic graduates from the class of 2012 have enrolled in higher education, a slightly higher rate than that of whites (67 percent). The dropout rate for Hispanic high-school students has halved since 2000, falling from 28 percent to 14 percent, while the graduation rate among Hispanics has increased from 64 percent to 78 percent in that same time period. Latinos are now the largest minority group on four-year college campuses, and have reached a new milestone at two-year colleges, making up more than one-quarter (25.2 percent) of the student population.

While these numbers are encouraging for companies looking to diversify their workforce, the report also shows that Hispanic graduates are less likely to attend a four-year college, enroll in college full-time or complete a bachelor's degree than their white counterparts.

The study release came the same week a Heritage Foundation analyst resigned from his post after it was revealed that he wrote a dissertation stating that Latino immigrants have a lower IQ than native whites.

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