ERIC Number: ED446690
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
College-Going Rates: What Are They and What Do They Tell Us? Update.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
This document highlights California's current college-going rate, examines the trend in California's college-going rate over time, presents differences in college-going rates for students of various racial-ethnic backgrounds, and, to the extent possible, attempts to place California's college-going rate in a national context. In 1997, 54.9% of California's high school graduates enrolled as first-time freshmen in a California community college or other college. Over the past decade, the number of high school graduates in California has been steadily climbing, but the college-going rate has remained relatively constant, showing a slight decline between 1996 and 1997. There are significant differences in college-going rates for the major racial-ethnic groups. Recent public high school graduates of Asian descent have the highest public college-going rate at 67%, while recent Latino public high school graduates have the lowest public college-going rates at 42.5%. Considerable differences also exist between various regions in California in the proportion of recent high school graduates who enrolled as first-time freshmen in California's public institutions of higher education in 1997. California's college-going rate is among the highest in the nation, although a relatively small proportion of these graduates enrolled directly in baccalaureate-granting institutions. Overall, it appears that the college-going pattern in California was consistent with the policies embedded in the state's Master Plan for Higher Education. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Bound Students, College Freshmen, Enrollment, Ethnic Groups, High School Graduates, High Schools, Higher Education, Racial Differences
For full text: http://www.cpec.ca.gov.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California