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Race/Ethnicity of Adults in Developmental Education

This Points of Interest highlights that significantly more first-year White students over aged 30 or older enrolled in developmental education over time.
August 7, 2019
Christopher M. Mullin
Tags: Accurate Placement, 2. Enroll in college-level math and English., Differential Capacity of Institutions

 Adult students returning to higher education represent an important population within numerous initiatives including but not limited to reverse transfer, state attainment goals, workforce development and upskilling for dislocated workers.  To provide additional detail on last week’s Points of Interest titled Age Group Dynamics, this contribution examines trends for returning adults over age 30 by their race/ethnicity. 

Using a nationally representative sample of students across four observation periods, researchers identified a trend of an increasing proportion (18.8%) of White students over age 30 or older enrolling in developmental education courses to the same extent as Black (18.9%) and Hispanic (19.1%) adult students. This Points of Interest highlights that significantly more first-year White students over aged 30 enrolled in developmental education over time