Without a plan, few will graduate

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up somewhere else,” advised Yogi Berra.

Community college students get lost –and drop out — unless they figure out quickly where they want to go. But many start without clear goals and few get much help from advisors.

1,700 students per counselor

Overwhelmed with students and short of funding, California’s community colleges plan to give enrollment priority to students who commit to an academic plan in their first year of college and make progress toward their goals. But a state law is making it hard to hire enough counselors. One college has 1,700 students per counselor. Students wait hours to get five or 10 minutes with a counselor.

More Latinos are enrolling in college, but graduation rates remain low.