- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Recently released Kansas Board of Regents data shows that the percentage of minority students enrolled at the state’s public colleges and universities increased 1.4 percent from the 2013-2014 academic year to the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Lawrence Journal-World (https://bit.ly/1UWUJGl ) reports that the Board of Regents heard and discussed highlights from the latest systemwide enrollment report Wednesday.

The largest minority groups across the Regents system are black and Hispanic students. The percentage of Hispanic students enrolled in higher education is smaller than the percentage of Hispanic residents in Kansas, while the percentage of black students is larger than the percentage of black Kansas residents.

Although the percentage of minority students increased, there are still significant differences in the percentages of certain minorities at four-year universities compared with technical and community colleges.

According to Regents data from the 2014-2015 academic year, black students represent 9.4 percent of community college enrollees, 7.5 percent of technical college enrollees and 4.3 percent of state university enrollees. Among all of the state’s institutions, 7 percent of enrollees are black. The amount of black students systemwide has fluctuated between 6.7 and 7.3 percent over the past five years.

According to the same data, Hispanic students represent 10.3 percent of technical college enrollees, 9.7 percent of community college enrollees and 6.1 percent of state university enrollees. Among all of the state’s institutions, 8.1 percent of enrollees are Hispanic. The percentage of Hispanic students systemwide has increased every year over the past five years.

The data shows that just less than 250,000 total students are enrolled in Kansas state, municipal, community and technical colleges.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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