It’s no joke - state is running out of college students
Moreover, the state’s pipeline of high school graduates, which was already on the decline due to overall population attrition, has been further whacked by the 2005 storms.
Savoie made the observations at a Regents’ meeting as part of a presentation detailing Louisiana’s outlook for producing more college graduates to spur the state’s economy.
“Our supply of high school graduates has been steadily declining since about 2000,” Savoie said.
“That decline was accelerated by the storms, and it looks like it will be several years before graduation numbers recover.
“We have to take measures to make college more accessible – and more affordable – to more of the high school graduates that we do produce.”
Savoie said the state is working on a variety of fronts to accomplish this goal:
· Aligning high school curriculum with college/workforce preparation
· Focusing on dropout recovery/prevention at both the high school and college levels.
· Expanding dual enrollment opportunities for high school students to take college-credit courses.
· Expanding access to community colleges and technical colleges
· Expanding adult learning/literacy
· Developing a financial aid program for needy students
Governor Blanco’s High School Redesign Commission has proposed strategies to address high school curriculum alignment, dropout prevention and dual enrollment.
Savoie said research indicates that the most efficient way for a state to expand access to postsecondary education is to increase its investment in student financial aid.
He said that while the details of the Board of Regents’ financial aid proposal have not yet been worked out, it will seek to provide educational opportunity for those who are most economically disadvantaged and will encourage a shared responsibility for the costs of college among the student, his/her family, the college or university and the state.
As a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Louisiana has lost 35,000 college students. In addition, estimates are that there will be 3,000 fewer high school graduates next year, and more than 58,000 elementary and secondary school students displaced by the storms have not re-enrolled at any public school in Louisiana.
“If Louisiana is to have a competitive economy in the near- and long-term future, we must get larger numbers of our remaining students into and successfully completing college,” Savoie said.
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