Ethnic/Racial Differences in Postsecondary Enrollment Rates of Texas Public High School Graduates: A Statewide, Multiyear Investigation

Deshonta Holmes, JOHN R. SLATE, George W Moore, Frederick C Lunenburg, Wally Barnes


Examined in this study was the degree to which ethnic/racial differences were present in the postsecondary enrollment of Texas public high school graduates at Texas 2-year public colleges and at 4-year public universities.  Specifically analyzed were the enrollment percentages of Black, Hispanic, and White for three academic years (i.e., 2012-2013 through 2014-2015) for Texas public high school graduates.  Over the 3-year time period analyzed, statistically significant ethnic/racial differences were present in postsecondary enrollment rates of Texas public high school.  White Texas public high school graduates enrolled in both 2-year and 4-year public institutions at statistically significantly higher rates than their Black and Hispanic counterparts.  Moreover, Black and Hispanic students tended to enroll at 2-year public institutions at a higher rate then 4-year public institutions.  Implications of these results and recommendations for future research were discussed.


Postsecondary enrollment, 2-year public institutions, 4-year public institutions, Ethnicity/Race, Texas


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