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Report: California's College Pathway Needs Work

Nov 28, 2017

A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California says the state's pathway from high school to college is broken. Only 30 percent of 9th grade students will go on to earn a bachelors degree, despite years of work to boost that number. Even students that are on a pathway to college readiness in high school often fail to complete the "a-g" course requirements.

And even if that number were to increase, the CSU system isn't ready to accommodate those students. In the past four years the system has turned away near 70,000 qualified students.  To hear more about the problem and potential solutions we spoke with report co-author Niu Gao of the PPIC on Valley Edition.