Study: More Latino students applying for college, few gradutating

Only 11 percent actually graduate

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A new study released by the Campaign for College Opportunity states that although more Latinos are applying for college in California, a very low number of them are actually graduating.

The study explains that only about 11 percent of Latino students are obtaining their bachelor degrees. That is compared to 39 percent of white students and 23 percent of African American students.

STUDY | The State of Latinos in Higher Education in California: http://bit.ly/1hjU68b

The author of the study explains that one major roadblock to Latino students' success begins from preparation. Throughout the state, the study explains students are not receiving the education to help them succeed at the college level.

“Eighty-five percent of incoming students are assessed to be unprepared for college-level math and 70 percent unprepared for college-level English,” the study read.

Amber Chiang, with Bakersfield College said the school does see many of its students come into college unprepared.

"Their testing in one or two degrees below collegiate level preparedness in math and english and that really slows down their ability to get the degree," said Chiang. 

The study explains that if the rate at which Latino students are applying were to equal graduation rates, the state could profit economically.

According to the study for every dollar the state puts into a student that complete college; they will receive $4.80 back because of higher salaries that lead to more income tax revenue.

Chiang said that the rate of completion for Latino students at BC actually equals out to those that attend. 

"I think we're actually the antithesis to what that study is suggesting because our students are succeeding at the same rate their attending our college," said Chiang. 

Students at Bakersfield College applaud there school for providing more resources to help them graduate.

Aimee Torres who is in the Mesa program at BC said it is one of the things that have helped her commit to school.

"They send you a lot of reminders for scholarships and they have free tutoring there they have free printing," said Torres. 

INFOGRAPHIC | Data on Latinos in California higher education: http://bit.ly/1dOk0vK

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