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Pandemic Depresses College-Going Rates, Especially for Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders
March 26, 2021

Fellows mentioned in this story: Stephen Schatz, Cohort III
Projects mentioned in this story: Next Steps to Your Future

From Honolulu Star-Advertiser:

The class of 2020 at Hawai‘i’s public high schools managed to graduate at a record rate after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic last spring, but far fewer of those graduates enrolled in college, new data shows.

Just 50% of last year’s graduating class went straight to college, down from 55% the previous year. The drop was even more pronounced for students of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander ancestry.

The figures are contained in the College and Career Readiness Indicators Report published Tuesday by the Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education. The college-going rate had been relatively steady at about 55% for the past several years, and this was the steepest one-year dip ever recorded.

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