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Unformatted text preview: Tweet Tweet 16 Print Email Want to save this for later? Add it to your Queue! Hispanic Gains Push U.S. College Enrollment Q By John Lauerman - Aug 25, 2011 9:00 AM PT A surge in Hispanic enrollment brought the number of U.S. college students ages 18 to 24 to a record high last year even as the number of young whites at universities fell, a Pew Hispanic Center study found. Hispanic students in that age range rose 24 percent from 2009 to 1.8 million, making them the largest minority group at U.S. colleges, according to a study released today by the center , part of the Washington-based Pew Research Center. Total 18-to-24-year-old enrollment was 12.2 million, while the number of white students declined 4 percent to 7.7 million, the organization reported. The gain in Hispanic enrollment, outstripping the 7 percent increase in U.S. Hispanic population during the period, may be linked to rising high school completion in the group, said Richard Fry, a senior research associate at the center who led the study. A tighter job market following the recession that began in 2007 may also be prompting more students to pursue higher education, he said. There may be other factors here that we cant see, he said yesterday in a telephone interview. This is an inkling that young Hispanics are narrowing the educational gap compared to white students, getting exposure to college, and I think thats a good thing. Hispanics are a relatively young population, and an increasing percentage has been reaching college age, said Deborah Santiago, vice president for policy and research at Excelencia in Education , a Washington-based research group., a Washington-based research group....
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