Facts of the Month

Ethnic Disparity in Postsecondary Education Attainment

The disparity in postsecondary education attainment between whites and other ethnic groups has been a point of concern within public policy circles for a long time. According to recently released data by the National Center for Public Policy & Higher Education, the gap, while still large, has narrowed in Indiana in recent years. Currently, roughly 24 out of 100 white adults in Indiana have at least a bachelor's degree, compared to 18 out of 100 from other ethnic groups. (The same report gave Indiana a failing grade in affordability - as it did most other states - suggesting that no notable progress has been made recently in making college more affordable for low and middle-income families.)

Publication Date: October 2006