The report released Tuesday by the Southern Regional Education Board shows that Georgia trails both the national and regional averages for college completion. Only 42 percent of Georgia ninth-graders have a reasonable chance of enrolling in college, compared to the regional and national average of 44 percent.
Still, the report shows that 72 percent of Georgia students enroll in college within a year of graduating high school, more than any other state. The national average is 63 percent.
The Atlanta-based SREB is a nonprofit that works with 16 Southern states to improve public education