- Improving College & Career Readiness
- About This Report
- College Readiness
- Educational/Career Aspirations
- Access & Preparation
- Academic Performance
- Academic Achievement & Academic Behaviors
- Looking Back at the Class of 2011
- Policies & Practices to Increase Readiness
- 2012 ACT National and State Scores
Educational Aspirations by Race/Ethnicity
About 87% of all 2012 ACT-tested high school graduates aspired to attain at least a 2-year postsecondary degree, regardless of race/ethnicity.
About 83% of Asian graduates aspired to earn at least a bachelor’s degree, with 54% aspiring to continue their formal education beyond a 4-year degree. American Indian graduates (30%) were the least likely to aspire to a graduate or professional degree; 34%37% of African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or White graduates aspired to a graduate or professional degree.
Note: Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Race/ethnicity categories changed in 2011 to reflect updated US Department of Education reporting requirements.
Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates by Race/Ethnicity and Educational Aspirations, 2012
Graph reads: In 2012, 34% of ACT-tested African American high school graduates aspired to a graduate or professional degree, 46% to a bachelor’s degree, 7% to an associate’s or voc-tech degree, and 13% to another degree type (or provided no response).
|Goal||African American||American Indian||Asian||Hispanic||Pacific Islander||White||All|
|Graduate/ Professional Degree||34%||30%||54%||36%||37%||37%||37%|
|Associate's/ Voc-tech Degree||7%||10%||2%||6%||4%||5%||5%|
|Other/ No Response||13%||12%||15%||16%||15%||9%||12%|