High School Going Rate

College Going Rates - UHCC

Hawai'i Public High School Graduates, by dual credit participation.

(First fall after HS graduation)

Source: Hawaii DXP (dual credit participation by class) & National Student Clearinghouse (IHE enrollment)

The Hawai'i Department of Education has established a goal of having 65% of its graduates enrolled in post-secondary education. Statewide, the current going rate is at 54% but there are significant differences in going rates among the different high schools in the State. The UH Community Colleges are the likely steppingstones for those students not currently enrolling in post-secondary education. Accordingly, the enrollment analysis below examines the high school enrollment and graduation projections over the next six years, identifies the going rate gap for each of the public high schools against the 65% target, aligns the high schools with the community colleges in the region, and challenges the UH Community Colleges to take responsibility for working with the DOE to close 80% of those gaps over the next six years through enrollment in the UH Community Colleges.

Efforts to achieve this increased going rate will include:

  • Developing dual credit enrollment programs so that high school students may earn at least six college credits before graduation;
  • Developing clear programs of study between K-12 and the UH Community Colleges, including in various Career and Technical Education and STEM related fields;
  • Conducting extensive outreach to potential students and their parents beginning in the middle school years, particularly for those schools identified as having low post-secondary going rates;
  • Providing information and assistance with financial aid support; and
  • Working with the DOE to improve college readiness through 12th grade remediation for college bound students, summer bridge programs, curricular alignment, and other efforts to reduce the need for remediation.

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