There is good news on the college front for people of color. The American Community Survey, a division of the Census Bureau, recently released a study highlighting higher education among people 25 and older. For this study, they specifically gauged Bachelor degree attainment. This is the first year that three consecutive periods were reflected. The ACS took a look at years 2005-2009, 2010-2014, and finally 2015-2019.
The study showed that Latinos are earning Bachelor degrees at a steadily increasing rate. When first measured, only 12.6% of Bachelor degrees earned were done so by Latinos. Other demos of note include: 12.8% of Bachelor degrees were earned by Native American students, 17% of Bachelor degrees were earned by Black students, 29% of Bachelor degrees were earned by white students, and almost 50% Bachelor degrees were earned by Asian students. Fast forward to the 2015-2019 time period and 16.4% of Bachelor degree earners were Latino. The same time period saw gains for Native American students, Black students, white students, and Asian students too; they were 15%, 21.6%, 33.5%, and 54.3% respectively.
The same study also reported the location of the degrees that were earned. Bachelor degree attainment has gone up all over the United States. However, the growth varies from region to region. The Northwest saw the highest concentration of degree earners. That is followed by the West, the Midwest, and lastly the South. The full report including other demographic information can be seen here.