June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
NSF Grantees Poster Session
With the aging of Baby Boombers, which represent 76 million people in United States or 1/4 of the overall population in this country, it creates wide-ranging implications for virtually every facet of American society. On par with the aging baby boomers is the growing minority population. Today in many places including the densely populated states of California and Texas, non-Hispanic whites have already been in the minority, and the bulk of minority students including Hispanics are further concentrated in the younger grades. As many minority students value education and perform very well academically and socially, many other families do not have access to information about the educational system in a way that helps support their children to be successful in the U.S. school system. The gap is further widen among economically disadvantaged students. Today, completing a higher education not only means the enhancement of social status, but also means a better financial capability in the computerized society. When an economic underclass becomes the majority, the class division between the embarrassingly wealthy and the unacceptably poor not only caused alienation, resentment, and social unrest, but also will affect the sustainability of economical prosperity. Considering the rapid minority population growth and minority-majority flip tendency, the significance of young minorities for the growth and vitality of our labor force and economy need to be particularly recognized.
Zhang, Y., & Peng, X. (2017, June), Board # 157 : Demographic Shift and its Potential Effect on Higher Education Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27788
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