Latinas/os in Higher Education

Eligibility, Enrollment, and Educational Attainment

Authored by: Octavio Villalpando

Handbook of Latinos and Education

Print publication date:  December  2009
Online publication date:  December  2009

Print ISBN: 9780805858396
eBook ISBN: 9780203866078
Adobe ISBN: 9781135236694


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The 2000 Census confirmed the demographic reality that Latinas/os 1 had become the largest ethnic/racial group in the United States, representing approximately 13% of the total population. During the 1990s, many had projected a steady growth in this population (Chapa, 1997), but few had anticipated the wide discrepancies that would emerge between their population increase and their levels of educational attainment (Ramirez & De la Cruz, 2003). Indeed, today, Latinas/os are not only the largest and fastest growing ethnic/racial group (Villalpando, 2004), they are also the least educated major population group in the country (Fry, 2002).

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