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Texans are not enrolling in higher education as they have in the past, and the projections
for 2015 do not indicate this trend improving. The projections indicate the percentage of Texans
enrolled in college will decrease from 5.3% to 4.6% between 1990 and 2015 (Austin Area
Research Organization [AARO], 2005). This decrease is concomitant with the growing
Hispanic population and lack of proportional participation of that group in higher education.
Another indicator of the severity of the state's problem, as indicated by the AARO, is that Texas
currently falls below the national average in the proportion of the population enrolled in higher
education and is likely to fall even further below the national average in the future. As the
Hispanic population is growing substantially, this population is an obvious group on which
Texas must focus if Texas is to increase the proportion of students successfully completing their
Another concern regarding the lack of Hispanic success in higher education is that the
state's annual income could be substantially influenced by the level of education attained by its
population. Wage earners with a high school diploma will earn approximately $32,000 annually
(Kelly, 2005). College graduates can expect to earn approximately $57,000 per year (Kelly,
2005), representing a difference that is critical to the economic stability of Texas and well-being
of the individuals and their families.
The college participation rate of Hispanic students in higher education has improved over
the years, but this population is neither participating nor completing degrees at the same rate as
other ethnic groups, in percentage or proportion (THECB, 2009). Murdoch (2009) studied the
educational attainment of Texans aged 25 years or older as of 2000. Of all ethnic groups,
Hispanics had the smallest percentage of college graduates, 9%, while Blacks made up 15% of
the state's college graduates, Whites were 30%, and Asians were 48%. Examining high school
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Speed, Heather Faye. Early Predictors of Early Freshman Year Attrition in Female Hispanic Students, dissertation, August 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103396/m1/15/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .