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Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008

NCES 2008-084
September 2008


Table 6.1a.  Percentage distribution of students enrolled in public and private degree-granting institutions, by type of institution and race/ethnicity: Selected years, 1976 through 2006

Race/ethnicity 1976   1980   1990   2000   2006
Total 2-year 4-year Total 2-year 4-year Total 2-year 4-year Total 2-year 4-year Total 2-year 4-year
White 84.3 80.2 86.6   83.5 79.8 85.7   79.9 76.4 82.0   70.8 64.9 74.6   67.4 61.8 70.8
Total Minority 15.7 19.8 13.4   16.5 20.2 14.3   20.1 23.6 18.0   29.2 35.1 25.4   32.6 38.2 29.2
Black 9.6 11.2 8.7   9.4 10.6 8.7   9.3 10.1 8.8   11.7 12.5 11.2   13.3 14.3 12.7
Hispanic 3.6 5.5 2.5   4.0 5.7 3.0   5.8 8.2 4.3   9.9 14.4 6.9   11.4 15.8 8.8
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.8 2.1 1.7   2.4 2.8 2.2   4.3 4.2 4.3   6.6 6.9 6.5   6.8 6.9 6.7
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.7 1.1 0.5   0.7 1.1 0.5   0.8 1.1 0.6   1.0 1.3 0.9   1.1 1.3 0.9
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Data from 1976 to 1996 are for institutions of higher education that were accredited by an agency or association that was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or recognized directly by the Secretary of Education. Data from 1996 and later years are for degree-granting institutions. The new degree-granting classification is very similar to the earlier higher education classification, except that it includes some additional institutions, primarily 2-year colleges, and excludes a few higher education institutions that did not award associate's or higher degrees. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, 2007, based on Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS), "Fall Enrollment in Colleges and Universities," 1976 and 1980; and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), "Fall Enrollment Survey," 1990, Spring 2001, and Spring 2007.

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