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ERIC Number: ED528395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Socioeconomic Factors on College-Going Rates. FS 06-04
California Postsecondary Education Commission
A primary goal of California's higher education system is to provide capable students access to higher education regardless of the high school they attended, their ethnicity, their gender, or their socioeconomic status. Overall, college-going rates declined between 1985 and 2005. The percentage of public high school graduates going to community college decreased from 37.4% to 29.6%. Rates for the California State University increased slightly from 11.1% to 11.3% and decreased slightly at the University of California from 8.6% to 7.1% (see Display 1). College-going rates show that there are still significant inequities among students from different backgrounds. The data shows students graduating from high schools in low-income neighborhoods are going to college at lower rates than students from high schools located in wealthier neighborhoods. When ethnic trends are examined, data show that underrepresented low-income students are impacted the most. Gender also plays a role in college-going rates. Females from high schools in high-income neighborhoods consistently outperform their male counterparts in college-going rates at UC and CSU, and males graduating from high schools in low-income areas tend to have the lowest college-going rates. The data suggest that current policies and programs targeting students from high schools in low-income neighborhoods are not eliminating the gap in college-going rates. What remains to be determined are the necessary mechanisms needed to eliminate this gap. Further analysis is needed to determine effective and efficient policies that will improve college-going rates and equity for underrepresented students, especially those from low socioeconomic neighborhoods. (Contains 6 displays.)
California Postsecondary Education Commission. 770 L Street Suite 1160, Sacramento, CA 95814. Tel: 916-322-9268; Fax: 916-327-4417; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Postsecondary Education Commission
Identifiers - Location: California