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ERIC Number: ED510163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
California's Impending College Graduate Crisis and What Needs to Be Done about It. Policy Brief 10-2
Carnoy, Martin
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1)
In 2005-06 almost half of the pupils in California's public schools were Latinos, but Latinos only received about 15 percent of the BA degrees awarded by public and private colleges in the state. Texas has a comparable Latino population, but does significantly better than California in getting Latino students through college. The implication of this disparity is that California stands to produce too few graduates to fuel its cutting-edge high tech and high-end service economy. In this policy brief, the author explores the reasons why California's education system falls short in ensuring post-secondary access and success for Latino students, and identifies six steps that the state could take to increase the number of four-year college graduates: (1) California middle and high schools should get financial incentives to identify potential college-bound Latino (and African-American) students and mentor them into college attendance; (2) The state should consider expanding its current University of California guarantee to the top academic four percent of seniors to Texas's norm of ten percent; (3) College counseling in California high schools has to be reorganized and strengthened, so that well trained counseling staffs can encourage minority students to choose college prep courses, and match students to colleges and funding opportunities; (4) California has to go beyond policies that greatly expanded access to community college education to policies that improve completion and transfer rates in CCCs; (5) State universities should be rewarded for identifying and supporting potential lower income minority applicants in high school; and (6) Colleges should also get financial help for providing remedial courses if necessary, and help in mentoring students in need of remediation through college to degrees. (Contains 3 tables, 8 figures and 8 endnotes.)
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE. 3653 Tolman Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-1670. Tel: 510-642-7223; Fax: 510-642-9148; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; James Irvine Foundation
Authoring Institution: Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
Identifiers - Location: California; Texas