The U.S. Census Bureau has confirmed that minority births have surpassed the number of white births for the first time, The New York Times reported on Thursday.
This marks an expected but meaningful turning point, the Times reports: “While over all, whites will remain a majority for some time, the fact that a younger generation is being born in which minorities are the majority has broad implications for the country’s economy, its political life, and its identity.”
The shift also has implications for college enrollment. As the article explains: “A college degree has become the most important building block of success in today’s economy, but blacks and Latinos lag far behind whites in getting one. ”
The news serves as one more reminder that demographic change is coming to a campus near you.