Poor and Minority Community College Students Less Likely to Transfer to University of California

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Poor and Minority Community College Students Less Likely to Transfer to University of California


LOS ANGELES -- Poor and ethnic minority students enrolled in community colleges may not be getting adequate counseling services, resulting in lower transfer rates to four-year universities, according to the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC).

Statewide, Blacks are less than half as likely as Whites to transfer from a community college to a University of California (UC) campus, and less than one-fifth as likely as Asians, according to CPEC.

Last year, 293 Black students transferred from community colleges to UC campuses, while about 7,300 Whites and Asians made the move. Hispanics fared a little better than Blacks, but not much.

The commission found that large numbers of disadvantaged students attend colleges that don't place a strong emphasis on UC transfers -- including some campuses that have reduced or eliminated vital counseling services.

"The effort is not proactive," says Mark Lewis, a Black student who transferred to UC-Berkeley and was recently accepted to graduate school at Harvard. "If a person happens to float into someone's office, they might get assistance. But no one is out there, especially for the young men, giving them some kind of focus."

Community college presidents and counselors insist there is no conscious effort to keep students from the UC system. …

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