More Hispanics, blacks enrolling in college, but lag in bachelor’s degrees

Pew Research Center

“This week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a law passed by voters in Michigan that banned the consideration of race in public college admissions decisions. While eight states have passed laws restricting affirmative action since 1996, how has the racial makeup of college students and graduates changed?

The biggest story is among Hispanics, who have made big gains in college enrollment, a measure that includes both two- and four-year schools. From 1996 to 2012, college enrollment among Hispanics ages 18 to 24 more than tripled (240% increase), outpacing increases among blacks (72%) and whites (12%). (The Census Bureau did not publish Asian college enrollment figures before 1999.)  In fact, for the first time in 2012, Hispanics’college enrollment rate among 18- to 24 year-old high school graduates surpassed that of whites, by 49% to 47%.”

Hispanic College Enrollment Spikes, Narrowing Gaps with Other Groups.

Pew Research Center

“Driven by a single-year surge of 24% in Hispanic enrollment, the number of 18- to 24-year-olds attending college in the United States hit an all-time high of 12.2 million in October 2010, according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.1 “

Adopting new methods, responding to demands

Imagining the Internet.

“A majority of technology stakeholders polled in a Web-based survey anticipate that higher education in 2020 will be quite different from the way it is today. They said university-level education will adopt new methods of teaching and certification driven by opportunity, economic concerns and student and parent demands.”

Lee Raine on universities in 2020

Universities in 2020: A Technology Perspective,
Lee Rainie, January 27, 2011

A powerpoint presentation delivered by Lee Raine, director of the Pew Internet Project to the Virginia Tech Task Force in January 2011.

“Implications for higher ed

•Constant connectivity changes social patterns and info flows: real-time info/analytics become powerful

•Knowledge and tribal niches proliferate even more

•Credentialing and validation of knowledge is expanded

•New “market players” enter the space – commercial, open source”

Tug-of-war for a bright future

Impact of the Internet on Institutions in the Future
Pew Research Center, 3/31/2010

“Technology experts and stakeholders say the internet will drive more
change in businesses and government agencies by 2020, making them
more responsive and efficient. But there are powerful bureaucratic
forces that will push back against such transformation and probably
draw out the timeline. Expect continuing tension in disruptive times.”