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Racial Disparities, Gender Gaps Persist in Student Achievement in Higher Education

From the American Council on Education

Large disparities persist among racial and ethnic groups even for younger generations in higher education, and women are surpassing men in postsecondary attainment, according to Minorities in Higher Education—Twenty-Fourth Status Report: 2011 Supplement from the American Council on Education (ACE).

In 2009, 37.8 percent of U.S. adults aged 25-29 had at least an associate degree, a slightly higher percentage than the 35.1 percent of adults 30 and over who did. However, in terms of degree attainment by race/ethnicity, only two groups (whites and Asian Americans) made notable gains over their elders, while African Americans and Hispanics made no progress and American Indians actually earned associate and bachelor’s degrees at lower rates.

Notably, women in their late 20s surpassed older generations in postsecondary attainment across all racial/ethnic groups except American Indians. Minority men of the same age have fallen behind, with the exception of Asian Americans.

Continued at: http://wp.me/p11BlP-H9

Read the report: http://www.acenet.edu/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Programs_and_Services&ContentID=42587

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