A new study reveals that African American college students continue to be affected by an academic achievement gap when seeking higher education.
The study, “The State of Blacks in Higher Education in California,” states that while California is home to the fifth largest Black population in the nation, the college opportunity gaps between blacks and other ethnic groups in college attendance and attainment have remained unchanged for more than 10 years.
From the start, Black students have limited chances to enroll in college. With the lowest high school graduation rates, and the second-lowest rates of completing the required college preparatory curriculum for the state’s four-year universities, Black students face steep hurdles to reaching their college and career dreams, even though a recent survey by the Public Policy Institute of California found that more than half of Black Respondents believe that a college education is “necessary for a person to be successful in today’s work world.
The study also found that black students experience the lowest admission rates to the UC of any racial/ethnic group. Prior to the elimination of affirmative action, 75 percent of black applicants were admitted in 1994 compared to 58 percent in 2010. Black students are also more likely to gain some college experience, but not ear a college degree.
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