Do Times reporters know the difference between percentages and raw numbers?

I suspect the following is an unfortunate placement by the reporter on a story about record high percentages of young adults in college (with an emphasis on percentages):

“What’s behind this,” Mr. [Richard] Fry added, “is that we have the biggest pool of young adults we’ve ever had who’ve finished high school.”

I suspect that this is in reference to the growth of enrollment in two-year colleges, not total college-going. That distinction was not clear in the article.