Posts Tagged ‘university’

Asian Americans In University Of California System Decrease, Replaced By Students From China

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

(Huffington Post) As the University of California looks to shore up its shaky financial situation in the face of decreased funding from Sacramento, the system's effort to increase the proportion of out-of-state students has had an interesting effect–pushing out Asian American students at the expense of Chinese ones.

According to a Bloomberg report, in the years since administrators instructed U.C. San Diego to bring in more out-of-state students, the number of Chinese students enrolled at the Southern California university has seen a twelve-fold increase.

During the same period, the total number of Asian American students in the entire system decreased by just under 30 percent.

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Lure of Chinese Tuition Squeezes Out Asian-Americans

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

(Beritabiz) Kwanhyun Park, the 18-year-old son of Korean immigrants, spent four years at Beverly Hills High School earning the straight As and high test scores he thought would get him into the University of California, San Diego. They weren’t enough.

The sought-after school, half a mile from the Pacific Ocean, admitted 1,460 fewer California residents this year to accept higher-paying students from out-of-state, many from China.

“I was shocked,” said Park, who also was rejected from four other UC schools, including the top-ranked campuses in Berkeley and Los Angeles, even with a 4.0 grade-point average and an SAT score above the UC San Diego average. “I took it terribly. I felt like I was doing well and I failed.”

The University of California system, rocked by budget cuts, is enrolling record numbers of out-of-state and international students, who pay almost twice that of in-state residents. Among those being squeezed out: high-achieving Asian-Americans, many of them children of immigrants, who for decades flocked to the state’s elite public colleges to move up the economic ladder.

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Feds award $24.6 million for enhancing predominantly Black institutions

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

(Examiner.com) On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the award of $24,601,758 to 62 colleges to enhance their capacity to serve low and middle-income African American students.  Two Md. institutions of higher learning are among the grant recipients.

"These grants will help build the capacity of colleges that educate large numbers of African American students," Duncan said, "Strengthening these schools is critically important to increasing student completion and meeting President Obama's goal of being first in the world in college graduates by 2020."

Colleges are receiving funds under two programs that both support predominantly black institutions with an undergraduate enrollment that is at least 40 percent African American and at least 50 percent low-income or first-generation college students.

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New College Board Report: Latino College Completion Rate at Only 19.2%, National at 41.1%

Friday, September 30th, 2011

(PRNewswire) Despite an important demographic shift across the United States, a limited proportion of Latinos are earning college degrees. While Latino youth now represent the largest minority group in K—12 U.S. schools and are the fastest-growing segment of students, Latino college completion stands at just 19.2 percent – far below the national average of 41.1 percent.  

These are just some of the findings from a new report released today by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center at an event at Miami Dade College (MDC), the institution of higher education awarding more degrees to minorities than any other in the U.S. College Board President and former West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padron were on-hand to discuss this critical issue. The College Completion Agenda Progress Report 2011: Latino Edition and The College Completion Agenda Progress Report 2011:  State Policy Guide – developed in collaboration with the National Council of La Raza and Excelencia in Education – are especially relevant given the need for these students to obtain postsecondary degrees if our nation is to thrive socially and economically.

"We have a challenge as a nation to become number one again in college completion. We cannot reach this goal without increasing the college completion rate of Latinos," said Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board.  "This study demonstrates that our students' ability to succeed directly impacts our nation's ability to thrive economically and socially."

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Racially Charged Bake Sale Sparks Student Outrage

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

(Newser) "White/Caucasian" pastries: $2. "Black/African American" pastries: 75 cents. "Native American" pastries: only a quarter. Such is the pricing scheme for a sarcastic "Increase Diversity Bake Sale" posted on Facebook by a Republican group at UC Berkeley, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Planned for Tuesday, the sale has sparked anger on campus for its snarky opposition to a bill that would let California universities consider ethnicity in student admissions. "If you don't come, you're a racist," the post says.

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Hispanic college enrollment spikes, study shows

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

(Orlando Sentinel) Cristina González saw the economy taking a turn for the worse while she was working at a clothing store during high school. Customers weren't spending as much, her hours were cut back and some people she knew were laid off. A life working at the mall was not enticing.

"I knew college was my best chance," said González, 21, now a senior majoring in communications at the University of Central Florida. She hopes to become the first in her family get a college degree.

González is one of thousands of Hispanic students across the nation who enrolled in college for similar reasons. A Pew Hispanic Center study released Thursday found that the number of young Hispanics attending two- and four-year colleges has reached an all-time high of 1.8 million, with Latino enrollment increasing 24 percent between 2009 and 2010. The economy, the study found, has been a big motivator.

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La Raza pushes Obama to save college Pell Grants for Latinos

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

(Examiner.com) In another all-hands-on deck campaign La Raza is calling on the Obama Administration to spare college Pell Grants for Latino students in the 2011/12 budget.

The country’s extended recession has hit all Americans hard, regardless of racial divide, yet La Raza continues to push racially-baited politics in an effort to put money in Latino’s hands.

Their latest Pell Grant campaign doesn’t mention the poor African-American, American-Indian or Caucasian children that can’t afford to attend college. Furthermore numerous experts have reported that black Americans continue to fall out of the middle class due to the influx of illegal immigrants who will work for less money.

The current fragile debt-ceiling negotiations are prompting members from both sides of the aisle to prepare a list of programs they are willing to defund. And college Pell Grants for Latinos are on the line.

“Latino students struggling to afford higher education are at risk of losing the opportunity to attend college. Right now, congressional Republicans and President Obama are negotiating a budget deal, and Pell Grants are on the table,” a La Raza email blast read. “Cuts to Pell Grants would follow the elimination of the Summer Pell program earlier this year. So far, needy students have “contributed” $4 billion to debt reduction through cuts to Summer Pell, but they may be asked to make more sacrifices, even if it means that they can’t pay for college.”

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