Latino and Asian immigrants and their U.S.-born offspring are studying in areas deemed critical — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — at different rates.
A National Center for Education Statistics report, "New Americans in Postsecondary Education: A Profile of Immigrant and Second-Generation American Undergraduates," shows the differences are stark.
About 25 percent of first- and second-generation Asian-Americans obtained degrees in the STEM fields, compared with 14 percent of their Latino counterparts, the report states.
These two major groups also differed from one another on key socioeconomic characteristics, including age, low-income status, parents' education levels, and whether English was the primary language spoken at home, according to the study.
The report excluded foreign students, which generally go into the STEM fields at higher levels.
While people earning STEM degrees has been on the uptick in the past two decades, a more recent Census report shows that most of the degrees in computer, math, statistics, and engineering disciplines are still going to foreign-born residents, primarily to those from China and India.
Below are some interesting facts (many referring to the 2007-2008 academic year), on two demographics within the coalition of ascendants.