Better Data Could Close Gap for Hispanic Students

As compared to other undergraduates, Hispanic students are 33 percent more likely to be enrolled in a two-year college rather than a four-year university. According to the National Center on Educational Statistics, Hispanic students constituted 23 percent of the 2014 undergraduate enrollments in colleges offering an associate’s degree, but only 17 percent of the enrollment in institutions offering a bachelor’s.

Yet the value of a bachelor’s diploma has never been greater. According to the College Board, students who get a bachelor’s earn, on average, 33 percent more annually than do students who receive only an associate’s degree ($61,400 versus $46,000).

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