In the newest report from The Campaign for College Opportunity, The State of Higher Education in California – Black Report is being released today. California is home to the fifth largest Black population in the nation, and while the research has some good news – more Black adults today have a high school diploma and college degree than in the past there is also disheartening findings. Black high school students are still less likely to graduate from high school and when they do, less likely to have completed the college preparatory curriculum needed for admission to the University of California and California State University systems compared to other major racial/ethnic groups. Black students who do make it to college are the most likely to be placed into pre-college level coursework, the least likely to graduate from college, and the most likely to enroll in for-profit colleges – some of which have traditionally poor rates of student success and high tuition costs and student debt levels.
Inadequate high school preparation, a broken college remedial education system, and significant funding cuts to the state’s public colleges and universities all play a major role in the ability of Black students to both enroll in and complete college.
A few key findings from the report:
In addition to the recommendations listed in our report, they have highlighted the work of two San Diego State University professors who launched the Minority Male Community College Collaborative and created free assessment tools that community colleges can use to inform strategies to increase the success rates of Black students. You can access the new report, infographic, press release and the profile using the link.
Please save the date for the upcoming webinar on Thursday, June 18 at 10:30am where they will discuss the key findings of both the Latino and Black report.