Facts of the Month

Trends in Minority Populations at US Colleges

The National Center for Education Statistics, a branch of the U.S. Department of Education, publishes a great deal of data about the state of postsecondary education in America. A recent report analyzing trends across the past thirty years highlighted striking differences in the proportion of male vs. female students at colleges across the nation. In 1976, males accounted for 52% of all undergraduates. By 2004, that number had shrunk to just under 43%. The study also highlighted the gains made by minorities with regard to their pursuit of higher education during this same period, while also noting the ongoing lag between these groups and their white and Asian counterparts, a trend that continues to trouble many in education and social policy circles.  

(Data Source: NECS "Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities")

Publication Date: December 2007