Hispanic and black students remain significantly underrepresented in the most selective colleges, according to a new study. The study, released by Stanford University's Center for Education Policy Analysis, examined race, income and enrollment patterns at highly competitive universities from 1982 to 2004. It found that white students were three times as likely as Hispanic Students to enroll in a top-tier college.
Apparently, it hasn't changed over the years: the report finds that minority enrollment disparities actually increased from 1982 to 2004. Two huge factors in this finding? Economic restraints (top-tier schools are generally very expensive) and preferences of some minority students to attend racially diverse colleges.
The study's authors point out that the disparity cannot be attributed to academic preparation, as many would assume. Statistically, that gap has narrowed. The authors concluded that the growing racial enrollment gap must be drive by the actual application, admission, enrollment and decision process.
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