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Keeping Students on Track to College

Why California students leave the college pathway—and what to do about it

Report finds most high school graduates in the state are not expected to get a postsecondary education.

Studies show that expanding access to a college education can be a sure path to a higher incomes and better lives, not to mention a stronger economy. But a new report from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) finds that fewer than one in three California ninth graders are expected to earn a bachelor’s degree. In a troubling sign of the lack of equal educational opportunities across the state, African American and Latino students are most likely to step off the college track.

This report offers a detailed look at why students don’t go to college and recommends policy actions to address the problem. Among the recommendations: California should consider updating high school graduation requirements so more students take the courses they need to stay on track.