2010: Divided We Fail

2010: Divided We Fail - Improving Completion and Closing Racial Gaps in California's Community Colleges

The future of California depends heavily on increasing numbers of Californians with certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor's degrees. Educational attainment in California has been declining with each younger generation - a statistic that bodes poorly for the state's economic competitiveness. It is essential to increase educational attainment among the Latino population, as current levels are relatively low and the Latino share of th working-age population in California is projected to grow from 34% currently to 50% by 2040. With nearly one-fourth of the nation's community college students enrolled in California, success of the Obama Administration's college attainment agenda depends on California increasing completion rates and reducing performance gaps in its 112 community colleges.  

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Divided we Fail in LA

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is the largest district in the state, enrolling over 250,000 students annually - about one in 10 of all students in the 72 districts of the California Community College (CCC) system. At the request of Alliance for a Better Community, an organization dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos to ensure the well-being of the Los Angeles region, this report summarizes student progress over 6 years for over 18,000 students in the LACCD.

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