The Arizona Board of Regents conducted a report examining college enrollment in 2010-11 and 2016-17. Based on the research, only 52.6% of Arizona high school students enrolled in college in 2017, which means the rate remained static for four years.
It’s important to address this issue now because an estimated 65% of jobs will require a post-secondary degree by 2020. Students who choose not to continue their education are limiting their opportunities to earn higher wages, better overall health, and a lower unemployment rate.
In order to remain competitive, Arizona is moving toward a skills-based economy and the majority of jobs will require more education after high school.
According to The Arizona Republic, “High schools need to do a better job preparing students for college, and community colleges and universities need to focus more on helping students finish their degrees.” One significant factor attributing to the decrease in college enrollment rate may be expensive tuition rates.
One way ASU Prep Digital is tackling this issue is by offering full-time Arizona high school students the opportunity to enroll in college classes for free through Arizona State University. Students will learn from real ASU professors and earn college credit that can be transferred to universities across the country.
We believe every student should have the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education, and we will provide them with the tools and mentorship to make sure this becomes a reality.
Find out how you can enroll today and begin an accelerated path toward university.