ERIC Number: ED450672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
First-Time Freshmen in California Colleges and Universities, Fall 1999. Factsheet.
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
This factsheet describes the enrollment and characteristics of first-time college freshmen in California public colleges and universities in fall 1999. Slightly more recent California high school graduates enrolled in public postsecondary institutions in fall 1999 than in the previous fall, but this growth did not keep pace with the rise in the overall number of high school graduates. Graduates increased by 5.4%, while the number of first-time freshmen rose by only 0.7%. The public college-going rate of California students decreased from 50.8% in fall 1998 to 48.5% in fall 1999. No useful information was available on any unmet demand at community colleges, and the applicant numbers and admission rates for the university systems illustrate conflicting trends. In some areas, such as Orange County and the Sacramento area, the higher education participation rates of recent high school graduates actually increased, in contrast to the statewide trend. The changing patterns of college participation among students from different racial-ethnic groups contributed differentially to the statewide changes. Across all three public postsecondary educational systems, the participation rates of public high school graduates from all racial/ethnic groups except Asians decreased in fall 1999. The fastest growing group of California high school graduates, Latino students, not only had the lowest postsecondary participation rates, but these rates have been declining in recent years and continued to do so in fall 1999. (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California