Report shows less than one-quarter of American Indian and Native Alaskan students meet UC and CSU requirements for entrance

SAN MARCOS – Less than one-quarter of American Indian and Native Alaskan students meet University of California and California State University entrance requirements by the time they graduate from high school, according to a report released Mon., Sept. 29, by Cal State University, San Marcos.

The “State of American Indian and Alaska Native Education in California 2014” study found that 24.9 percent of those students met UC and CSU entrance standards, compared to 38.3 percent of the general student population.

Greater efforts are needed to prepare American Indian and Native Alaskan students for college, said the authors, who are affiliated with the California Indian Culture and Sovereignity Center at CSUSM.

“American Indian and Alaska Native high school students are graduating at rates 6 percent below the state average for other ethnic groups,” said CICSD Director and study co-author Joely Proudfit.

The study includes data on enrollment and graduation rates, dropout rates and numbers of degrees conferred, and gives a breakdown of students by race and ethnicity.

Enrollment of American Indian and Native Alaskan students at UC campuses soared 67 percent between the fall of 2011 and fall of 2012, according to the study, but dropped 61 percent at CSU schools and fell 16 percent at community colleges.

“The steady decline in the overall annual enrollment rate of (American Indian and Alaska Native) students in the CSU seems to indicate that we are admitting more students but they are dropping out — we are not retaining them once they get here,”‘ Proudfit said.

The report was made possible by a $500,000 grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

6 Responses to "Report shows less than one-quarter of American Indian and Native Alaskan students meet UC and CSU requirements for entrance"

  1. D   September 30, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Perhaps if their parents put more importance on education this wouldn’t be the case. What’s shocking to me is that it cost $500k to gather information that you think would be attainable through a simple database query.

  2. Steve Newman   September 30, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    It is not only the parents fault for their lack of concern for their kids welfare, put the blame where it belongs- on the kids. They see mom and dad doing nothing and getting by, so why should they contribute. Just more entitlement
    takers. A new generation. But of course, the liberals will want to lower admission requirements- again.

  3. JBoy   September 30, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    This study shouldn’t shock anyone. I agree with comments 1 and 2. I personally know 5 people from our local rez that I went to high school with. When they turned 18 and graduated high school they started to receive their casino stipend which was over $6,000 per month at the time. These folks weren’t too motivated in high school to get good grades or to go college; they were going to get paid over $70,000 a year to do nothing.

    BTW, I’m not a hater…… if I could have got a $6,000/month paycheck for not doing anything I would have slacked off in high school and skipped going to college. Why bother?

  4. ZZZ   September 30, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Don’t they get a certain amount of money for being Indian, based on their tribe? Why get an education and work when things/money are handed to you without ‘having’ to do anything.

  5. trying again   October 1, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    How well do rednecks do in school? Just wondering.

  6. grunt   October 2, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Trying again – we (rednecks) did real well in my day – ‘course we had strong reason to; parents pushed us; we knew without skills or education we would starve; most had good examples of Mom and Dad; and finally, flunking out of high school got you drafted and sent to SEA (where many of ended up anyway, after volunteering LOL)


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