SREB: Minority and male college enrollment gains
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Beth Day, SREB Director of Communications
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Joe Marks, SREB Director of Education Data Services
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The SREB Fact Book on Higher Education is one of the nation's most comprehensive collections of comparative data on higher education. New data is added online continually.

Fact Book Bulletins report significant trends that affect education progress in the SREB states.

The Southern Regional Education Board works with 16 member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Based in Atlanta, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region.

Minority and Male Enrollment Increases Are a Positive Trend for College Completion Goals

ATLANTA – June 22, 2012 – College enrollment rates made gains among both male and minority students in the Southern Regional Education Board states from 2005 to 2010 – promising progress toward goals to increase the proportion of adults with college degrees. The trends are detailed in two new SREB Fact Book Bulletins that analyze data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Non-white students made up 41 percent of college enrollment in 2010, up from 35 percent five years earlier. This progress is important to the national and regional college completion goals because minorities now account for more than half of U.S. births and more than half of public K-12 enrollment in SREB states.

Minority college enrollment, 2010
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

College enrollment increases by gender, 2010
Source: National Center for Education Statistics

In 2010, women outnumbered men in college by almost six to four in SREB states. The gap has widened over three decades as increases in women's enrollment outpaced gains for men. But from 2005 to 2010, men's enrollment grew 27 percent in the 16-state SREB region, compared with 23 percent for women.

The two Fact Book Bulletins include additional charts, plus enrollment changes by gender and racial/ethnic group by region and for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Download the full two-page reports below.

Men's Increase in College Enrollment Breaks Long-Term Trend (PDF) >

Minority Enrollment Gains Show Region's Progress Toward College Completion Goals (PDF) >
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