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.
The former Los Angeles mayor proposed young people work in service jobs for a year in exchange for later receiving grants for tuition and books at state colleges and universities. He also pushes for new campuses to serve the Central Valley.
The Cal State system drops its plan to raise tuition by $228 to $5,970 for California undergraduates. Praising that freeze, Legislature leaders say they will seek to provide the university more state money.
A federally funded pilot program is bringing college and financial aid counseling to low-income students who live in public housing projects in nine cities, including Los Angeles. Whether it expands nationwide depends on results and funding.