Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

One in Five Colorado College Students Is a Minority

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

One in Five Colorado College Students Is a Minority

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DENVER

The number of minorities enrolled in Colorado's colleges and universities has not grown much despite efforts to increase diversity on campuses.

Last year, about one in five undergraduate students in Colorado's public higher education system was minority, a 0.5 increase over 2003. Only 16 percent of those minority students were Black and Hispanic.

"Getting more minority students should be a high priority, but there's no quick fix to this," said Ray Baker, chairman of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

Counselors say a lack of money is only one of the factors involved. They believe too few teachers and parents push minority students toward college and that some students don't have realistic goals about the planning and grades needed to gain entrance to college.

Billy Brown, a counselor from Denver Kids Inc., said he has students tell him they wanted to go to UCLA even though they barely had 1.8 grade point averages. …

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