New report from UC Davis and California Department of Education provides crucial foundation for college and career readiness research
As our global community continues to shift the labor market and
rapidly redefine what is needed for a successful career, a
college degree seems more important than ever before. High school
students across the nation are well aware of this, and enrollment
in postsecondary institutions continues to rise. According to
newly published data, 63 percent of California’s high school
graduates are enrolling in college, and in some California
counties that statistic jumps as high as 75 percent.
Statewide postsecondary data is becoming increasingly essential
as educators and policymakers across the state continue to
emphasize and invest in college and career readiness reform
efforts. And yet it has been nearly a decade since information
about college enrollment has been available at the state level.
Now, thanks to an ongoing collaboration between researchers at UC
Davis and the California Department of Education, education
leaders have access to these metrics, allowing them to make more
informed decisions and better prepare K-12 students.
Among their findings, the researchers observed that a majority of
students are enrolling in two-year colleges rather than four-year
degree programs and substantial disparities exist between student
subgroups. For instance, female students are more likely to
attend college, especially four-year colleges, as compared to
their male peers. In line with achievement gaps occurring within
the K-12 system, students from socioeconomically disadvantaged
backgrounds enroll in college at lower rates and gaps in
enrollment rates exist among racial and ethnic groups.
Read the report.