Charting the course: Using data to support foster youth college success


RTI International, . U., John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes, . U., & Stuart Foundation, . U. (2015). Charting the course: Using data to support foster youth college success. San Francisco, CA: California College Pathways.


Charting the Course: Using Data to Support Foster Youth College Success provides information on the educational experiences of foster youth attending a subset of community colleges and universities in California. This report builds on the work of the California College Pathways (CCP) initiative, a public and private partnership that supports campuses and community organizations to help foster youth succeed in postsecondary education. This strategy is designed to increase the number of foster youth in California who earn a college degree or certificate.

The report, presented in two parts–Part 1: Community Colleges and Part 2: Universities–aggregates data across 31 CCP campuses and demonstrates how foster youth students are faring on a common set of key indicators of access and success in community colleges and universities. The quantitative data for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years were supplemented with qualitative data from various student and stakeholder focus groups conducted on a subset of individual campuses in 2014. The data presented are intended to promote dialogue that inspires new strategies to ensure that students from foster care succeed.