To increase black and Hispanic enrollment in college, improve K-12 education, write Jay Greene and Greg Forster in the Washington Post. Affirmative action is irrelevant.
The primary obstacle to getting more minority students into college is that only one in five of such students graduate from high school with the bare minimum qualifications needed even to apply to four-year colleges.
. . . For students to be able to attend virtually any four-year college, they need to graduate from high school, have a set of required courses on their high school transcripts and demonstrate basic literacy. The shocking reality is that fewer than one in five minority students has passed these three hurdles and is thus “college ready.”
Underprepared students who do make it to college aren’t likely to earn a degree.
Greene, a Manhattan Institute scholar, will talk about dubious high school graduation statistics on 60 Minutes II tonight.