Preparing students for college means giving them more than a grounding in academics. Time-management skills, an ability to persevere to solve problems, and a sense of personal responsibility are also skills that schools can instill to help students navigate the challenges of higher education.
With 80 percent of community college students placed in at least one remedial class, failure and attrition rates are high.
Nearly 1,000 school districts, county education offices and charter schools across California will share $200 million in state grants as part of an effort to prepare more high school students for college.
Under new federal rules, the date has moved from January to October.
California needs to produce 11.9 million degrees by 2025 to remain economically competitive.
California high school graduation rates are slightly below the national average but are rising more quickly.
One of the goals is to increase the number of computer science courses offered.
Select campuses will partner with local clubs.
The plan includes offering more course sections and improving academic support for students.
At least 23 community colleges are offering "College Promise" initiatives.
Education officials want to ensure the indicator measures both areas of study.
The CSU system is in line for a $35 million grant if it adopts plans to boost four-year graduation rates.
Still, only a third of juniors met or exceeded standards in math.
The goal is to keep students competitive in a global market.