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Classroom Diversity on the Rise

Classroom Diversity on the Rise

The latest U.S. Census Bureau data show that the number of school students enrolled nationwide has not changed, but the diversity of backgrounds has.

Classrooms are becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. Non-Hispanic white students now make up 51.9 percent of all people enrolled in school, compared to 59.7 percent in 2007.

On the k through 12 side of the house, Hispanic enrollment has increased from 20 percent to 25 percent between 2007 and 2017. This group has also seen an increase in high school graduation from 67.4 percent in 2007 to 82 percent in 2017.

Over the last decade there was substantive change in college students’ diversity as well, with Hispanics, blacks and Asians all making up a greater portion of the student body. Today, women continue to be a majority on college campuses at 54.9 percent of undergraduate students and 59.8 percent of graduate students.

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