Progress for Colleges Is Slow
- The College Completion Agenda Progress Report 2010 is a comprehensive report of rigorous indicators aligned to 10 interdependent recommendations that charts the progress of the nation and each of the 50 states toward this goal. The Progress Report points to areas of progress in states, yet formidable challenges remain at every level of the system for students who aspire to enroll and succeed in college.
- Despite research that suggests preschool programs help better prepare children for success in school, just 47% of 3- to 5-year-olds from low-income families are enrolled in these programs, compared with 60% from high-income families.
- College counseling programs are critical to building a college-going culture and helping students navigate the college admission process, particularly for first-generation college students. Yet public secondary school counselors spend just 22.8% of their time on post-secondary admission counseling; nationally, the student-to-counselor ratio is 467:1, when the maximum recommendation is 250:1.
- Approximately 3.3 million 16- to 24-year-olds were not enrolled in high school and had not earned a high school diploma or alternative credential.
- Just 45% of states (23 states) have achieved alignment between K–12 and higher education standards.
- No state has a population of which at least 55% of its citizens have an associate degree or higher.
- The College Completion Agenda State Policy Guide was developed by CBAPC and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Written specifically for state legislators, the guide offers a road map for increasing the number of Americans who attain a postsecondary degree, and provides information and strategies so legislators can be an even more positive and active force.
- An interactive Web site combines the data with the policy strategies from the reports and allows the information to be easily accessed and customized by state. Visit http://completionagenda.collegeboard.org.