Diversification of High School Graduates and Undergraduates

High school graduating classes have become more diverse over the last decade (from 47 percent non-white in 2007-08 to 56 percent in 2017-18).

As high school graduating classes were diversifying in the past decade, undergraduate enrollment in the region diversified as well (from 51 percent non-white to 60 percent non-white).

Note: High school graduates are public high school graduates, which have historically been 93 percent of all high school graduates in the West. High school graduates in years after 2013 are projected. High school graduate counts do not include the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam (data not available). Foreign students and those with multiple or unknown race are disaggregated in undergraduate enrollments but not high school graduates. Undergraduate enrollments are for undergraduates at two- and four-year degree-granting, Title IV-eligible, public and private nonprofit institutions, excluding service academies. ‘Two or More Races or Unknown’ is for all undergraduates who identify as two or more races or where their race/ethnicity is unknown. Two or More Races became a mandatory field starting in 2009-10.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Fall Enrollment Survey, 2007-2017, and WICHE, Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates, 2016.

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Colleen Falkenstern

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