Graduation + transfer = new success rate

Community college success rates will rise, under a new definition that includes transfer students who go on to a four-year institution before earning an associate degree.

Nearly 80 percent of male black and Latino college students in California enroll in community college. Six years later, 80 percent have failed to complete a certificate or degree or transfer to a university. Women do somewhat better.

Achievement is still a dream

On Community College Spotlight: In its first five years, Achieving the Dream has helped community colleges analyze data on students’ progress but success rates haven’t improved significantly.

As crowding worsens at community colleges, one third of students were turned away from one or more classes last semester.