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July 31, 2013

Report says minorities and whites follow unequal college paths

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Currently, 30 percent of African American and Hispanic students who had an A average in high school wind up at community college, compared with 22 percent of whites.

In addition, the report said, more than 111,000 African American and Hispanic students annually graduate in the top half of their high school class but do not earn either a two-year of four-year degree within eight years. If those students had attended one of the top 468 colleges and graduated at rates similar to other students there, 73 percent of them would be college graduates.

"The higher education system is color blind, in theory, but in fact operates, at least in part, as a systematic barrier to opportunity for many blacks and Hispanics, many of whom are college-qualified but tracked into overcrowded and underfunded colleges where they are less likely to develop fully or to graduate," Carnevale said.

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