Behind the Latino graduation gap

Latinos who graduate from California’s high-scoring public high schools enroll in community college at much higher rates than their black, Asian and white classmates, according to a new study. Asian-Americans and whites typically start at four-year colleges and universities, which cost more but have much higher graduation rates than community colleges.

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  1. I bet it has a lot to do with staying at home with the extended family rather than moving out and starting a life on your own.

    • Richard Aubrey says:

      Many big schools are in areas where people could commute from home and many have out-campuses–or whatever they’re called–and thus dorm living isn’t necessary.
      Flint, for examiple, has a substantial U-Mich campus. There was some talk of dorms before I left the area. Not sure if they’ve gone that way, but they hadn’t up until 2010, and I don’t know since.

    • Mark Roulo says:

      Cal State Los Angeles is less than four miles from South Pasadena High School. I don’t think the kids choosing community college over a four year school are doing so because of the commute 🙂


      Maybe the tuition is a problem? Cal State LA list price (in-state) tuition and fees are ~$6,300/year, while CC list price (in-state) tuition and fees look like they’d come in at around $1,500 [with the standard caveat about who actually pays list price versus who gets a big discount]…

  2. From what I’ve read, many low-SES kids are dealing with families who are not fully committed to their kids’ college attendance, may not realize how much time (at home and on campus) academic success requires and may want their kids to have a job to increase family income. In addition, I’ve read that many low-SES communities place family and community ties above academic responsibilities. I’ve read comments from college grads from such communities who said they essentially had to divorce themselves from their family/community in order to survive academically. Such factors would all work to keep kids very close to home.