College Enrollment at Record High, while Latino Dropout Rate Plummets
According to a report by Pew Research, the high school dropout rate among U.S. Latinos has fallen to a new low while a record number of Hispanics are attending college. The Hispanic dropout rate fell from 16 percent in 2011 to 10 percent in 2016 among Latino students aged 18 to 24. Hispanic enrollment in kindergarten through college increased by 80 percent from 1999 to 2016 (9.9 million to 17.9 million). The higher numbers of Latino graduates has been the biggest factor in the substantial drop in the nation’s dropout rate because Latino students make up a growing share of the nation’s students, which is at a record low of 6 percent as of 2016. Latinos have surprisingly seen larger gains, in terms of college enrollment, than any other group. According to the report, Hispanic high school graduates, ages 18 to 24, enrolled in college increased up from 32 percent in 1999 to 47 percent in 2016.
According to the report, Latinos still lag when it comes to educational attainment, particularly college completion. A previous report found that as of 2015, only 15 percent of Hispanics aged 25 to 29 had a college degree compared with 41 percent of whites, 63 percent of Asians and 22 percent of blacks. However, Latinos are less likely to enroll in four-year colleges and more selective colleges and less likely to attend full time. It certainly is great news that the Latinos are catching up when it comes to getting a better education.