College-going rates among students of color see an increase despite little change in statewide rates

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 23, 2021

The college-going rate in Colorado has remained relatively stable over the past 10 years. This is according to Pathways to Prosperity: Postsecondary Access and Success for Colorado’s High School Graduates – a report released by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE). Now in its tenth iteration, the report provides both statewide information as well as district-specific results aimed at strengthening efforts to improve student success and alignment between the K-12 and higher education systems.
Early evidence suggests equity gaps in higher education may be exacerbated as the pandemic disproportionately affects students of color, students in families with low incomes, and students from rural communities. While equity gaps persist, college-going rates are increasing for American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and Hispanic or Latinx (all had increases of over 5 percent since 2015). American Indian or Alaska Native and Asian students show the highest growth in college-going rates of more than 8 percent since 2015. However, data in the report show Black or African American students’ college-going rates dropped more than 3 percent after four years of gains. Continued and more focused work toward guiding all students, particularly underrepresented student populations, into a college-going pathway is critical to meet Colorado’s credential attainment goals. 

Read more about the report and its findings here.

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