Detroit Student's College Pathways and Outcomes
Stacey Brockman, Sophia Chong, Jasmina Camo-Biogradlija, Robin Jacob
- College enrollment among Detroit high school graduates declined between 2010 and 2018, yet full-time and 4-year enrollment increased.
- Detroit enrollees are representative of the Detroit student population. The city’s demographic makeup has changed over the past decade, and this is reflected in who is going to college.
- The majority of Detroit high school graduates are not college-ready.
- Most college enrollees from Detroit are not “on-track” to graduate after one year, and few eventually earn a degree.
- Detroit high schools offer a wide range of college-supportive resources. Areas for growth related to college-going norms include increased parent outreach, more consistent long-term data tracking, and counseling students about college match.
- Academic preparation is only one barrier to college success. Students report financial concerns, lack of transportation, and family responsibilities as equally large obstacles to postsecondary success.
Only 17% of young people ages 25-34 from Detroit hold a bachelor’s degree.” Page 2