Pushing minority kids to 4-year colleges

Latino and black students are as likely to start college as whites but less likely to earn a degree. Most start at community colleges with open admissions and low graduation rates. In East Los Angeles, there’s a move to help disadvantaged students start at state universities in hopes of raising their graduation rates.

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  1. I would guess that enrolling at state universities which in general are academically tougher will probably lower graduation rates for minorities. It also will almost certainly entail a greater incurral of expenses and student loans thus resulting in worsening the economic position of minorities.

    • I would agree, since student loan debt cannot be discharged in a bankruptcy proceeding :)

    • dangermom says:

      That could be. I’m thinking of another thing too–community colleges, at least the ones I know in CA, have a *lot* of support available. That doesn’t mean the students take advantage of it, but CCs will bend over backwards to offer support IME. State universities tend to be a bit more sink or swim.

      On the other hand, I well remember the difference in campus culture having a huge effect on me. I spent some time at a CC and then went to a large, prestigious university. The atmosphere at the university was so different and inspiring that it changed much of what I knew about education. I’d never known people who were that interested (or intelligent, or anything like that) before, and the CC was crammed with people who were just getting by and didn’t care.

      If only there was some kind of ‘education/inspiration/ambition’ pheromone available, and we could spray it all over CC campuses…