Nationally, undergraduate enrollment is down. But Latinos are bucking that trend. The latest National Center for Education Statistics data indicates the trend is holding true in Indiana as well.
Latino undergraduate enrollment has increased 78 percent in Indiana over the last 5 years.
Indiana Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers says Indiana has been focused on closing the achievement gap between growing demographic groups.
“We have far more Latino students just as we have in other states have, now Indiana has seen as huge influx as some other states have –we have certainly seen an increase,” she says.
Indiana University Latino Cultural Center Director Lillian Casillas says the growing rate of Latino undergraduate enrollment can be attributed to the different professions they are pursuing.
“Because opportunities presented themselves to work in jobs in the industry and whatever and factories they were able to stay so that was one of the growths” she says. “What happens for their families are able then to engage in services, you know where there are mentoring programs, programs which help people access higher education.”
Still the number of Latinos who graduate from high school and enroll directly in college is still about 14 percent lower than students overall.