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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

College Enrollment Hits Record Level For Hispanics

In this photo taken May 22, 2010, Brownie Sibrian, soon to graduate from Whittier College, gives a valedictory speech at a Latino pre-graduation celebration, sponsored by the Latino Student Assn. and MEChA, about a week before graduation on the campus in Whittier, Calif. (Reed Saxon/AP)

Brownie Sibrian gives a valedictory speech at a Latino pre-graduation celebration at Whittier College in Whittier, Calif. on May 22, 2010, sponsored by the Latino Student Assn. and MEChA. (Reed Saxon/AP)

Hispanics are entering colleges and universities at higher rates than whites and blacks, but still lower than Asian Americans.

This is an all-time high for Hispanics, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, which released a report late last week.

This is the result, in part, of a dramatic rise in the high school graduation rate among Hispanic high-school students.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that once in college, Latino students still lag when it comes to earning Bachelor’s degrees.

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