“We’re continuing to see a positive trend in terms of the degree to which students from our public schools are prepared for college and careers,” said Stephen Schatz, executive director of Hawaii P-20. New data shows students are better prepared for the rigor of college coursework.
A new report from the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization (UHERO) found that a UH graduate with an associate’s degree, on average, makes $360,000 more in his or her lifetime over a high school graduate. A UH graduate with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn over $950,000 over a lifetime in Hawaii.
Hawaii public school students who earn college credits while still in high school are 1.5 times more likely to enroll in college than their peers, far surpassing state and national college-enrollment averages, a new report on the state’s so-called dual credit programs shows.
Students from Kaimuki, Nānākuli, Wai‘anae and Waipahu High Schools spoke to the Hawai‘i State Legislature about the college access program GEAR UP and the impact it has had on their success in high school and aspirations for college.
The 2015-16 55 by ’25 grassroots campaign was an overwhelming success. Over 5,500 new pledges were generated by students in 14 elementary, middle and high schools statewide. Most importantly, each of these student-led efforts to get the word out about Hawaii’s education goal and to generate pledges helped to build a stronger college-going culture on campuses. Thank you to the many teachers, counselors and advisors that we worked with this year to make our campaign efforts a success, and to the students who pledged their commitment to helping Hawaii achieve it’s education goal of 55% of working age adults holding a 2- or 4-year college degree by 2025.
Early College is an important way for students from across the state to get a head start by earning college credits for courses taken while still in high school. Increasing numbers of Hawaiʻi high school students are utilizing Early College and other dual-credit programs to get a head start on their higher education success.