Louisville, KY – Minority high school graduates are heading off to Kentucky colleges and universities in record numbers, but studies show they're still lagging behind their white classmates when it comes to getting a four year degree.
A study by the Council on Postsecondary Education reveals that while more minority students are enrolled in state colleges than ever before, an increasing number are leaving school before graduating.
The study shows the number of minority students enrolled at state school has risen 34.6% since 1998. Minorities also make up almost 16% of all state university students this year, as compared to 13% in 1998.
But the study also shows the dropout rate of minority students has risen from 28.5% to 30%, while the dropout rate among white students has fallen from 23.5% to 22%.