Education: The Search For Minorities

Despite increased wooing, few go on to college

At the top of just about every college president's "to do" list these days is a resolve to recruit more minorities. Although a growing percentage of black students are finishing high school, black attendance in college is dropping. In 1985 only 26% of black high school graduates went on to college, down from 34% in 1976, a year when the figure was slightly above that of whites. While minority college enrollment expanded slightly between 1980 and 1986, the gain was mostly because of increased numbers of Asians and Hispanics, not blacks.

These bleak statistics persist despite several decades of intense effort...

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