Reasons why Most 9th Graders in California find it Hard to Earn a College Degree


According to a new study, most 9th graders may fail to earn a college degree despite calls for more students to go to institutions of higher learning. While almost 70% of ninth graders of today expected to enroll in a two or four-year undergraduate programs, chances are high that they will not make to graduation day. The study inferred that poor counseling, weak preparation during their years in high school and unclear direction would keep almost 70% of the enrolled students from seeing the finish line. The study was conducted by the Public Policy Institute for California. One of the authors of the report, Niu Gao, said that most policymakers at the different education levels could address the problem collectively.

The report made several findings that most students who graduate from high school do not have the rigors and shock absorbers to deal with the culture shock that is experienced after joining college. Other students who enter the California State University and the University of California fail to take the courses that their high School level of education has prepared them. The report also alludes that the graduation standard for most of the high schools in California was very weak when compared to the international standards that are maintained by the two universities. It was also clear from the report that the high school graduates did not take all the courses required to graduate from the college even though they gave an impression of academic preparedness for those particular courses.

For instance, only 45% of the students who graduated from high-school in 2016 completed the “A-G” classes. These classes are a pre-requisite requirement for admission to the California state university and the University of California. As an effort to curb these anomalies, high schools from large districts such as Oakland, San Diego, and Los Angeles have made it a requirement for the students to complete the classes for them to graduate from high school. However, other schools do not offer these college preparatory courses.

The report also said the between 105 and 145 of high schools in the state did not offer the full range of the preparatory courses required for admission to the two major universities in California. California’s state requirements for students in high schools are also less demanding as compared to the conditions of California State University or the University of California. For instance, the state requires for only three years of English to graduate while the University of California requires four years of English for admission.