Charting the Course: Using Data to Support Foster Youth College Success.
RTI International. John Burton Foundation for Children. Stuart Foundation.
Published: October 2015
This report provides information on the educational experiences of foster youth attending a subset of community colleges and universities in California. It builds on the work of the California College Pathways (CCP) initiative, a public and private partnership that supports campuses and community organizations to help foster youth succeed in postsecondary education. This strategy is designed to increase the number of foster youth in California who earn a college degree or certificate. The report, presented in two parts–Part 1: Community Colleges and Part 2: Universities–aggregates data across 31 CCP campuses and demonstrates how foster youth students are faring on a common set of key indicators of access and success in community colleges and universities. The quantitative data for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years were supplemented with qualitative data from various student and stakeholder focus groups conducted on a subset of individual campuses in 2014. The data presented include key metrics of progress categorized primarily by the type of institution supplying the information and then by the milestones which guide the CCP approach: equip with essential resources, enroll in college or training program, earn a degree or certificate, and embark on a career. The data indicate that at the 19 community colleges that submitted data, 123 foster youth earned an associate’s degree, certificate, and/or transfer in 2012-13, and 149 foster youth earned an associate’s degree, certificate, and/or transfer in 2013-14. At the universities that submitted data (8 for 2012-13, and 9 for 2013-14), 101 foster youth earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012-13 and 125 foster youth earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013-14. The report closes with recommendations for advancing data collection and improving the use of shared measurements. (Author abstract modified)
data collection; foster adolescents; POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION; FOSTER CARE ALUMNI; UNIVERSITIES; Education; Special Needs; California; DATA ANALYSIS