By Cherae Hunt |Staff Writer|
Black college students are less likely to graduate with a bachelor’s degree than any other ethnicity, according to The State of Higher Education in California – Black Report.
The percentages of graduating with a bachelor’s degree is higher than a decade ago but is still less than the percentage of white graduates, the report said.
More than 90 percent of these black adults have a high school diploma but only 23 percent have at least a bachelor’s degree versus 42 percent of White adults, according to the Campaign for College Opportunity.
All the students interviewed were black students.
“No, I don’t think black students are set up to fail in college. If anything, I think it is better. My first year they set me up with a mentor to ensure my success at the school. Now can I say the same for all California colleges? No, because I don’t go there,” stated student Ebony Hunt.
The report, which relies on data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, the California Department of Education, and institutions of higher education among others, defines blacks as both African-Americans as well as those from the African diaspora who do not consider themselves African-American, according to The Sun.
“I do think Caucasian and other races has a better advantage and have more opportunities than black but I don’t think we are set up to fail. If black students just apply themselves more they will be able to graduate and have a successful future,” stated student David Higgins.
Since the Great Recession started there has been a steady decline in both black freshmen and transfer enrollment, particularly in the California State University system, though the decline could be partly due to federal changes in reporting race and ethnicity, the report found.
“Transferring from a community college to CSUSB was a lot of hard work. I took the same college math class three times. It wasn’t because I wasn’t trying but I just felt like no matter where I went no one on that campus wanted to help me, even the people who were paid by the school to help students,” said student Jessica Rankins.