Accelerating Success: Turning Insights Into Action for Foster Youth at California Community Colleges.
Educational Results Partnership (ERP). California College Pathways.
Published: October 2017
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This report is intended primarily to provide local college staff, faculty and administrators with data to better understand California foster youth performance and how to better support foster youth outcomes. It updates the findings of the “Charting the Course: Using Data to Support Foster Youth College Success”, a report that highlighted institutional level data from a subset of community colleges and universities. The data provided insights into important momentum points for foster youth and compared outcomes to non-foster youth on the campuses across four domains: Equipped for college, Enrolled in college, Earning a degree or certificate, and Embarking on living wage careers upon completion of a degree or certificate. The report analyses outcome data for 69 community college within one academic year through data from the Cal-PASS Plus system. Findings indicate that higher enrollment levels for some racial minority foster youth has not been associated with better outcomes in terms of persistence, credits earned, and degrees attained; receiving a high school diploma (in comparison to a GED) and a stable high school experience were the strongest predictors of foster youth success and persistence in college; attempting both math and English courses at any point during the first two years of college was the strongest predictor of community college award or transfer; programs with early alert systems performed better on 30-unit course completion, a key predictor of later student success; colleges that engage a relatively high proportion of foster youth in programming experienced better outcomes; and colleges that self-reported adoption of placement reforms that reduced remedial placements tended to have fewer foster youth students that completed 30 units within an academic years. 13 references.
California; postsecondary education; foster adolescents; foster care alumni; outcomes; predictor variables