The USC report weighed black students' enrollment and graduation rates, among other factors. California ranked third highest in the nation, although author said results are actually mediocre and should be not celebrated.
The state is pushing UC campuses to widen access to undergraduate degrees by increasing the number of transfer students. UC Riverside's efforts seem to be working, avoiding possible state financial sanctions.
Educators and the public do not have data that "in my view greatly improve students' performance and their ultimate employment," said Sen. Steve Glazer (D – Orinda), chair of the select committee on student success in the Senate.
Hispanic Serving colleges may be eligible for extra federal funds. But just as important, backers say, the Hispanic designation gives colleges a recruiting tool at a time when 51 percent of California high school graduates are Hispanic and their enrollments in higher education are increasing rapidly.
As the state Legislature and the governor allocate more spending on programs designed to improve student outcomes, access to good data is essential to monitoring the progress of those programs, the report said.