The Center for American Progress (CAP), posted a column recently titled New Federal Data Show America Still Needs to Improve College Access on the findings from the latest follow-up to the National Center for Education Statistics’ High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HLS). CAP presented four findings about college access from these new data:
1. Major gaps in college-going by socio-economic status exist;
2. Higher-achieving, low-SES students enroll in college at lower rates than their low-achieving, high-SES peers;
3. Students in lower SES quintiles are less likely to enroll in four-year colleges and bachelor’s degree programs; and
4. Higher-SES black and Latinx students are less likely to attend selective colleges than their white peers.
In addition, the Center for American Progress released a new proposal called Beyond Tuition. It calls for improving college affordability, access, and completion by ensuring that colleges focus more on supporting low-income students; students of color; and other students, such as those with disabilities and veterans, who tend to have lower rates of post-secondary entry and completion.