Mirroring demographic shifts in the state, minority enrollment across Iowa’s 15 community colleges swelled to a record 23 percent in the last academic year.
Although that’s well below the national community college minority student enrollment average of 39 percent, Iowa continued to best the rest of the country in the ratio of the state minority population over age 15 that’s enrolled in its community colleges.
U.S. Census figures in 2018 estimated 12.7 percent of Iowans 15 or older were non-white. Of that group, 8.1 percent were enrolled in Iowa community colleges.
That, according to a 2019 Condition of Iowa’s Community Colleges report released Thursday, represents the highest minority community college penetration rate in the United States.