In March 2011, for the first time ever, more than 30 percent of U.S. adults 25 and older had at least a bachelor’s degree, the U.S. Census Bureau reported last week. From 2001 to 2011, the number of Latinos with a bachelor’s degree or higher education increased 80 percent from 2.1 million to 3.8 million—but there’s still an achievement gap.
In 2001, 11% of all U.S. Latinos over the age of 25 had bachelor’s degrees. By 2012, that number had grown to 14%.
The number of African-Americans with bachelor’s degrees grew by more than 4% over the last decade, to almost 20%. Whites saw about a 5% increase, to 34%.
A 2009 Pew Hispanic Center survey found the biggest reason for the gap between the high value Latinos place on education and their more modest aspirations to finish college appears to come from financial pressure to support family.