Completion Gap Widens

As Spring Branch ISD realigns itself through the work of Cross-Functional Teams (CFTs) towards its singular goal of doubling the number of students who earn a two-year or four-year degree, a technical certificate or who complete military training, we're often reminded why the work -- and the goal -- are so important. The story below reports on a study's findings that while college enrollment from all income levels is up -- narrowing a gap -- college completion gaps are growing. 

Study: College completion gap between rich, poor widens


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gap in bachelor-degree attainment between the nation's richest and poorest students by age 24 has doubled during the last four decades, according to a report released Tuesday.
"It's really quite amazing how big the differences have become between those from the highest and lowest family incomes," said Laura Perna, a University of Pennsylvania professor and executive director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, one of the two organizations that published the study examining college costs and degree attainment.
Among the report's other findings: The percentage of students from all income levels enrolling in college has increased, shrinking the gap in enrollment between rich and poor "somewhat" during the last four decades. There was a 46-point gap between the two groups in 1970, compared with a 36-point gap in 2012.
But completion gaps are growing: While 99 percent of students entering college from the highest-income families — those making $108,650 or more a year — graduate by 24, just 21 percent of students from the lowest-income families finish by that age.
Perna said there are a number of factors contributing to the widening divide, including access to the information and support needed to enter college and graduate; college readiness; and the availability of higher education that meets people's needs, particularly for students who might have children, limited access to transportation and full-time jobs.
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