New research on supporting foster youth college success through data




California College Pathways is pleased to announce the publication of a new landmark study, Charting the Course: Using Data to Support Foster Youth College Success (CLICK HERE to download). This report offers new insights into the educational experiences of foster youth attending community colleges and universities throughout the state by providing information on a common set of academic progress and outcome measures. A one-page overview of key findings and policy and practice implications is available here.

The John Burton Foundation will be hosting a web seminar to review the findings and policy and practice implications on Tuesday, November 17 at 11:00 a.m. To register for the webinar CLICK HERE.

Major state-funded programs, including the California Foster Youth Educational Support (CAFYES) program, designed to strengthen the capacity of community colleges to support foster youth, and the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, which extends foster care to age 21, make it likely that foster youth will be entering college in greater numbers. This data shows that foster youth college outcomes are well below those of their peers and that foster youth are not accessing available financial aid and other support resources, pointing to a need for expanded support and improved foster youth identification methods.

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