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Racial/Ethnic Minority Students

  • ACE’s maintains an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of equal access to a quality education for all members of society. That commitment requires a deliberate focus when addressing the needs of racial and ethnic minorities. Even with the increasing diversity in our U.S. population illustrated by the 2010 United States Census, disparities persist in the quality of education and the trajectory into higher education and careers for ethnic and racial minorities. For example, ACE is committed to driving research and illuminating innovative programs focused on cultivating a talented pool of underrepresented minorities in fields such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In September 2010, the Obama administration announced an initiative to increase the number of STEM teachers by 100,000 within the decade. This ambitious goal not only supports the needs of our nation, it is specifically aimed at achieving greater access for underrepresented minorities and women. This goal is alignment with ACE’s vision and commitment to these same populations.

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  • A Dream Undone?

    An examination of how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions have changed contemporary admissions practices at selective colleges and universities.

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    Report Finds Demographics of College Graduates Do Not Reflect Changes in Overall Student Body

    A new analysis from ACE finds that individuals who earned their baccalaureate degrees in 2007-08 were not nearly as racially diverse as the overall undergraduate student body.

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    Minorities in Higher Education: 2011 Supplement

    Raising the education level of the overall U.S. population requires closing the educational gaps among racial/ethnic groups and by gender. Although the members of the younger generation of some racial/ethnic groups are more likely to attain college degrees than their predecessors, that is not the case across all groups. Other findings include: the high school completion rate for young people has not improved much, and college enrollment gaps have widened among racial/ethnic groups during the past two decades.

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    Undergraduate Degrees Conferred, by Field of Study and Race/Ethnicity: 2009-2010

    The Center for Policy Research and Strategy is responsible for the content in ACE Fact Sheets on Higher Education.

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    Degree and Enrollment Status of 2003-04 Beginning Postsecondary Students in Spring 2009, by Degree Aspiration & Institution at Entrance, by Race, and by Family Income & Dependency

    The Center for Policy Research and Strategy is responsible for the content in ACE Fact Sheets on Higher Education.

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    Minorities in Higher Education: Twenty-Fourth Status Report 2010

    This 2010 edition analyzes the latest racial/ethnic and gender trends in high school completion, college enrollment, persistence, degree completion, faculty, administrators, and presidents. A key finding is that while postsecondary educational attainment continues to flat-line in the United States, attainment rates have dipped for the youngest group (aged 25 to 34). Produced with support from the GE Foundation, this edition also features an in-depth analysis of Hispanics. As immigrants, young adult Hispanics experience a host of barriers to further education. The report calls for a more realistic understanding of the implications of the Hispanic population on the nation’s educational and economic competitiveness.

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    Minorities in Higher Education: 2009 Supplement

    Closing the educational gaps among racial/ethnic groups and by gender is essential for raising the education level of the overall U.S. population. However, the 2009 supplement finds that gaps among these groups remain substantial, and for some races/ethnicities the younger generation is less likely to attain college degrees than its predecessors. Other highlights include: the high school completion rate for young people has been at a standstill, while college enrollment gaps have widened among racial/ethnic groups during the past two decades.

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    Minorities in Higher Education: 2007 Supplement

    This special supplement to the 22nd edition presents the latest data on high school completion and college participation rates, educational attainment rates, and degrees conferred. In each case, information is included for the racial and ethnic groups for whom data is available for the years reported.

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