The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A report on higher education in Texas says Hispanic enrollment needs to be boosted to meet a 2015 target date of bolstering minorities in school.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Thursday reviewed and accepted a staff report on progress toward goals adopted by the state in 2000.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Friday that the review found Hispanic enrollment at colleges and universities in Texas would need to almost double in the next six years.

The coordinating board has long considered lagging Hispanic enrollment and graduation rates a major problem.

Officials pledged to address Hispanic achievement, as well as shortfalls in technology-related degrees, research funding and other benchmarks, in "Closing the Gaps by 2015."

Information from: Austin American-Statesman,