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EDUCATION DEPARTMENT RELEASES PLAN FOR MINORITIES IN HIGHER EDUCATION

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- State Secretary of Education Donald M. Carroll today released the Education Department's Plan to Improve Minority Student Achievement in Higher Education, which includes a report showing that total African-American enrollment in public institutions of higher education increased by more than 3,000 students to 27,764 between 1986 and 1991.
 "This plan marks the beginning of a program of annual reports on the status of minorities in Pennsylvania post-secondary institutions that will document the history and progress of minorities and provide strategies and models for increasing minority success," said Carroll.
 In spite of the increase, available data indicate that Pennsylvania's public institutions of higher education did not achieve projected goals in student retention and recruitment. The goals, which were established by the department, require each four-year university to strive to enroll the same percentage of recent minority high school graduates as recent majority high school graduates in the area served.
 African-American enrollment in both the State System of Higher Education and at the state-related universities showed an increase of 6.8 percent since 1986, while the white enrollment increased 10 percent, shifting the percentage of African-American students from 6.9 percent in 1986 to 6.6 percent in 1991.
 African-American enrollment at community colleges showed an increase of approximately 2,500 students from 1986 to 1991. The number of Hispanic students at all public institutions increased by more than 1,700 to 4,513 students between 1986 and 1991.
 In 1983, the U.S. Office for Civil Rights required the Commonwealth to develop a five-year affirmative action plan for all public institutions in response to the Adams case, a federal lawsuit charging the U.S. Department of Education with allowing segregated systems of higher education to operate.
 After expiration of the 1983-88 federally mandated plan, Pennsylvania reaffirmed its commitment to minority success by initiating its own program. Public institutions were required to submit three-to- five-year plans documenting their efforts to enhance minority recruitment and retention, improve campus climate and increase minority representation among faculty, staff and administrators.
 As par ?of its effort to improve campus climate, the department joined in convening the Pennsylvania Task Fr?ce on Intergroup Relations in Higher Education, which released a report in December documenting the status of intergroup tension and hate activity on college and university campuses.
 "Release of this report reconfirms the department's commitment that shortfalls in minority student achievement cannot be tolerated as we move into the 1990s," said Carroll. "Our nation's economy demands increasing numbers of highly trained workers throughout all the professions, and our Commonwealth's minority students are an important resource to meet that demand."
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 /CONTACT: Janet Elfring deputy press secretary of the Department of Education, 717-783-9802/


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