Report claims that more California students are graduation from high school, but not from college
According to a report released in February by California Competes, California’s high school graduation rates have increased significantly in recent years, but the percentage of those students who complete their college education continues to lag. California competes is a policy and advocacy organization that focuses on the state’s system of higher education and their findings can have long-term implications for the California’s future. California Competes is projecting that the state will lack more than 2 million college-educated workers by 2025. California Competes executive director Lande Ajose stated,
When you have the kind of robust economic fortune California has, and yet you see gaps in what is occurring in terms of degree attainment, that is cause for concern.
California’s high school graduation rate is measured by the percentage of students who begin in the 9th grade and graduate four years later, which increased from 77 percent in 2010 to 84 percent in 2016. A little over half of California’s college students (55 percent) get their associate degrees at a community college in three years or bachelor’s degrees in six years. According to the report, Latino students graduate from high school at close to the state average (81 percent), but only 47 percent of students completed their college degrees. Surprisingly, the report also found that students with the lowest college completion rates enroll at a disproportionately high rate in private, for profit institutions. Hopefully something can be done to ensure that more students graduate from college.