The Campaign for College Opportunity has issued a new report on the educational status of African Americans in the state of California. The report finds that African Americans are more likely to graduate from high school and college than a decade ago. But Blacks are less likely to graduate from high school than students of other racial/ethnic groups and to have completed the college preparatory curriculum needed for admission to the University of California and California State University systems compared to other major racial/ethnic groups. Blacks are also less likely than other racial/ethnic groups in California to graduate from college.
Other key findings in the report include:
- Only 23 percent of working-age Blacks in California have bachelor’s degrees, compared to 42 percent of their White counterparts.
- One-third of Black adults aged 25-64 attended college but earned no degree.
- Black undergraduates are underrepresented at four-year public and private, nonprofit universities and overrepresented at California community colleges and for-profit colleges.
- Only 37 percent of Black students who started at the California State University system as freshmen will earn a degree within six years.
- At least two thirds of Black applicants were denied admission to six of the University of California’s nine undergraduate campuses.
“To secure California’s economic future, action is needed now to significantly improve our education system for all Californians and specifically increase college enrollment and graduation among Black students,” said Michele Siqueiros, president of The Campaign for College Opportunity. “Improving Black Californians academic success will not only strengthen the opportunity and future of Black Californians, but that of our state.”
The report, The State of Higher Education in California: Black Report, may be accessed here.