College-Going Rates for All Racial Groups Have Jumped Since 1980

Over the last generation, students of all racial and ethnic groups increased their college-going rates by double-digit percentage points, and also increasingly went directly from high school to college, according to a report out today from the U.S. Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics.

The report, "Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups," concerns itself largely with elementary and secondary education in studies covering the years since 1980. But in a section on postsecondary education, it notes that, as of 2008, members of most minority groups disproportionately attended public colleges, a much higher percentage of black students than other students were enrolled at for-profit colleges, 80 percent of students received some form of financial aid, and women earned more degrees than men within each racial group, especially among black students.


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