Most students entering California community colleges are unprepared for college work, concludes Back to Basics, a report by the state legislative analyst. Only one in 10 students in a non-credit basic skills class will go on to pass a for-credit class.
High school students often don’t realize their reading, writing and math skills aren’t adequate for college, the report says. New community college students may not be assessed or required to complete remedial courses within a certain time limit.
The report recommends using the state’s math and English test to assess college readiness so high school students have time to improve their skills before they enroll in college.
A Pell Institute study finds low-income students who are the first in their families to go to college typically start at two-year colleges — and end there.
â€œFor too many low-income, first-generation students, the newly opened door to American higher education has been a revolving one,â€ said Vincent Tinto, a Pell Institute Senior Scholar and distinguished professor of higher education at Syracuse University
Six years after enrolling, 32 percent of low-income, first generation students have earned a certificate or two-year degree; 11 percent have a bachelor’s degree. For more advantaged students, 11 percent earn a two-year degree and 55 percent complete a bachelor’s degree.
Disadvantaged group who worked 1 to 20 hours were much more likely to complete a degree than those who worked more than 20 hours or not at all.