Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The College Acceptance Rate Increase Hides The Fact That Most NYC High School Graduates Are Not College Ready.
The Bill De Blasio and Carmen Farina Administration were greeted with some good news that there was a bump upward that high school graduates were applying for college and career occupations in higher numbers. According to the New York Daily News, 53% of New York City high school graduates applied to college, vocational schools, or civil service careers. This is an increase of 2% over the year before and was hailed by Chancellor Carmen Farina. However, if one looks deeper into the number there are some very disturbing issues that are buried in the so called good news.
First, applying and being accepted does not mean they actually finish and in far too many cases many drop or fail out before completing their education. In a study done by NYU in 2014 only 36% of all New York City high school graduates ( 25% for CUNY Community Colleges) that entered college received a 2 or 4 year degree
Second, the increase in remedial course work to 78.3% of all high school graduates who attained CUNY Community College is highly disheartening, meaning that many high school graduates are given worthless credits (credit recovery) to push them out and help devalue the high school diploma and the colleges know it..
Finally, the college recruiters are well aware that many New York City high schools give free or easy credits to pad a student's transcript. It's no secret that the college Math, English, and Writing tests to prospective students are given to identify students who were educationally deficient and most take these no credit remedial courses before doing college level course work. In the last known study over 22% of New York City high school graduates needed triple remediation before taking college courses and few of these students persevered to complete a degree but by then its not a public school problem..
Until the remedial course work is no longer necessary, many colleges will question the educational value of the New York City high school diploma.