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Latinos, African Americans Most Likely to Change Education Plans

June 11, 2020

The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on the education plans of people of color, with half of Latinos and about 40 percent of black and Asian Americans canceling or otherwise changing their plans.

That's the top-line finding from the latest Public Viewpoint survey from the Strada Education Network. Over all, 35 percent of Americans have canceled or changed their education plans, including delaying enrollment, reducing courses or switching institutions. The nationally representative survey found that Latinos (32 percent) were particularly likely to have canceled or delayed their plans -- double the rate of white Americans (16 percent) -- followed by black (24 percent) and Asian Americans (21 percent).

At the same time, however, black Americans and Latinos are both more likely to say they intend to enroll in education and training programs in the next six months, highlighting the significant level of uncertainty across higher education and society.

The survey, which tracks employment along with education, also found that Latinos (24 percent) and black Americans (23 percent) are more likely to have been laid off than white Americans (15 percent), and that people of color who remain employed are more worried about losing their jobs.

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Paul Fain

Paul Fain, Contributing Editor, came to Inside Higher Ed in September 2011, after a six-year stint covering leadership and finance for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Paul has also worked in higher ed P.R., with Widmeyer Communications, but couldn't stay away from reporting. A former staff writer for C-VILLE Weekly, a newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., Paul has written for The New York Times, Washington City Paper and Mother Jones. He's won a few journalism awards, including one for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association and the Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award. Paul got hooked on journalism while working too many hours at The Review, the student newspaper at the University of Delaware, where he earned a degree in political science in 1996. A native of Dayton, Ohio, and a long-suffering fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, Fain plays guitar in a band with more possible names than polished songs.

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