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U.S. Bachelor Degree rate passes milestone

The Census Bureau reported last week that the U.S has hit an all-time high in the percentage of Americans holding bachelor’s degree. According to the Census, 30 percent of American adults hold at least a bachelor’s degree compared to 26.2 percent 10 years ago. More women are also graduating leaving the gap between men and women over age 25 less than 1 percent.

While the gap between men and women has closed, the racial gap has grown. The percentage of Hispanics with bachelor’s degrees grew from 11.1 percent in 2001 to 14.1 percent; for Blacks, the percentage climbed from 15.7 percent to 19.9 percent. But non-Hispanic whites have seen even more growth, leaving the gap even wider than it was in the last decade.

Read more at The New York Times

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. How snobish of you! Lol

  2. The nerve of u getting a college education! lmbo

  3. LOL! I see what you guys did there. Almost flew over my head too. LOL!!!

  4. What ever u do. Don’t tell Santorum. He will be very disappointed with educated Americans.

  5. How dare Americans want to go to college??!!! Such snobs I tell you! Lol.

  6. take that Santorum

  7. Niiiicccee!

  8. all those peices of paper sayin u did something academicly still wont guarentte u a good payin job or ticket out the hood make due with what u have its not going to get better

  9. Good lets get better..

  10. We’re moving on up!

  11. its not guaranteed, but you’ll have a better chance of getting a good paying job.

  12. Gabriel you’re wrong.

  13. Yeah, America, the most educated uneducated nation in the world.

  14. Negativity is a disease.

  15. Definitely; I agree with Mario and Timothy…

  16. Great. However, that means little now that college is dumbed down.

  17. Gilbert, it’s not a guarantee, but a college degree is highly associated with higher weekly earnings and lower unemployment.

  18. Shannon is correct. College is so dumbed down, that many of my friends who are professors must give multiple choice exams or run the risk of failing the entire class. That’s why I sell college like club med. Just go enjoy yourself and get the paper.

  19. College is so dumbed down that it resembles a glorified high school at times. When my father went to University here in the US men had to wear suits and women had to be presentable. There was no room for slipping up. Nowadays you go to a college campus and a class, especially if there are dorms and the girls go to class in their pajamas and wearing flip flops. Of course in our politically correct over sensitive culture if you say anything to the students you are charged with some kind of discrimination. We are graduating illiterate PhD’s.

  20. What is the evidence that it is “dumbed down” (I mean, aside from your own personal anecdotes and observations)? It is a common human expression to romanticize the past, but it is often inaccurate and not based on facts.

  21. Mario, I do think dress norms have changed (and not just in college campuses), but I’m not sure how that correlates to the intelligence of the students, professors, or institutions. That’s a non sequitur. Also, I and all my colleagues have PhDs…I can assure you that none of us are illiterate.

  22. In the mid 90’s the sat format was changed. As a result the national average for the sat jumped up dramatically.
    Literacy has taken a huge hit because things like proper grammar and sentence structure are only corrected in English or literature classes. By way of example: I’ve met a number of very bright and knowledgeable kids that majored in history or political science who had great difficulty in law school.

  23. The SAT format was changed to include a writing portion, which actually decreased score percentiles the first few years. Writing instruction is and has always been a challenge. I dont quite understand what your point is about your peers in law school. They found it difficult…should they have found it a breeze instead? Wouldn’t that have been an indication of a dumbed down curriculum?

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