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Where Blacks and Hispanics Enroll

The proportion of all black graduate science and engineering students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities remained virtually unchanged between 1982 and 1992 at about 13 percent of the total. In science fields, the proportion was virtually the same in 1982 as in 1992, 15 percent compared with 14 percent, despite increases in enrollment of black graduate science and engineering students in many institutions. In engineering fields, the proportion of graduate students in these institutions rose significantly, from 4 percent to more than 7 percent. Four institutions-Howard University, North Carolina A&T, Prairie View A&M University, and Florida A&M University-indicated that they had either established or significantly expanded their engineering programs, which accounted for most of the increase. (See appendix table 6-26.)
Institutions that were members of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) enrolled 19 percent of all Hispanic graduate students in science and engineering fields in 1992, a proportion down slightly from the 22 percent reported by these institutions in 1982 probably because of increases in Hispanic enrollments overall. (See appendix table 6-27.) In engineering fields, these schools enrolled 13 percent of the total, a proportion virtually unchanged from 10 years earlier. In the science fields, the total number of Hispanic graduate students at HACU institutions increased by 47 percent over the decade.
The high proportionate enrollment of Hispanic graduate students in institutions in Puerto Rico is illustrated by the fact that although only about one-half of 1 percent of all graduate students were enrolled in these institutions in 1992, Puerto Rican colleges and universities enrolled 13 percent of all Hispanic graduate students in science and engineering fields, including 15 percent of those in sciences and almost 5 percent of those in engineering. The latter statistic is particularly remarkable given the fact that only one institution, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, offered any graduate programs in engineering. (See appendix table 6-28.)
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