GC Study: Increase in U.S. College Degrees Across Race, Ethnicity, and Sex

A new study released by the GC’s Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies reveals that the percentage of the U.S. population with a bachelor’s degree or higher increased by 40 percent and that high school dropout rates decreased by 44 percent between 1990 and 2010.
The study, “Educational Attainment in the United States and Six Major Metropolitan Areas, 1990-2010: A Quantitative Study by Race, Ethnicity, and Sex,” shows that the increase in B.A. degrees and decrease in dropout rates emerged among all races, ethnicities, and sexes nationwide.
“Perhaps the most notable findings are those concerning sex,” said Ph.D. student Lawrence Cappello (History), author of the report. College graduation rates among women increased by 55 percent, more than twice that of males, who had a 26 percent increase over the last two decades. “If this trend remains the same, females are poised to surpass their male counterparts by the 2020 census.”

The report recommends further exploration of possible causative factors, which may include labor force participation, changing sex patterns among heads of households, and evolving social and cultural norms.

Submitted on: NOV 11, 2015

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