Hispanic Enrollment Booms in Texas, but Still Lags Over All, Report Says

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri Jul 20 21:19:01 UTC 2007


July 19, 2007 Hispanic Enrollment Booms in Texas, but Still Lags Over All,
Report Says

Hispanic students are attending Texas colleges in greater numbers, but,
despite substantial enrollment increases, still participate in higher
education at a lower rate than any other racial or ethnic group in the
state, according to a new report by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board. <http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/>

The panel reports that about 334,000 Hispanic students were enrolled at
public and private colleges in the state during the last academic year —
nearly 100,000, or 40 percent, more students than were enrolled six years
ago.

But those students account for just a small share of Texas' fast-growing
Hispanic population. Only 3.9 percent of Hispanic residents are enrolled in
college, compared with 5.4 percent for blacks and 5.5 percent for whites.
That means Hispanic enrollment is lagging behind benchmarks set in the
state's higher-education plan, Closing the Gaps by
2015.<http://chronicle.com/weekly/v50/i14/14a01301.htm>The goal for
Hispanics is
4.8 percent by 2010 and 5.7 percent by 2015.

"We have some work to do," Raymund A. Paredes, Texas' commissioner of higher
education, told the Associated
Press.<http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/4982524.html>
*—Karin Fischer*
http://chronicle.com/news/index.php?id=2714?=atnb
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