Higher Education in California: Increasing Equity and Diversity

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Public Policy Institute of California


A solid majority of California’s future college-age population will come from groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education—including Latinos and African Americans, and those who are low income or the first in their families to go to college. PPIC research has shown that this demographic shift could be a major contributor to the state’s future workforce skills gap. To avoid or at least minimize this gap, California needs to increase the number of underrepresented students who graduate from college. It has been well documented that expanding access to college can promote upward social and economic mobility



Latin American students, African American students, Asian American students, low-income students, state universities and colleges--Admission, social mobility