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April 26, 2012 10:00 AM A Big Graduation Rate Improvement, Sort of

By Daniel Luzer

The City Colleges of Chicago system announces that it has the highest student graduation rate in a decade. According to an article by Jim Scalzitti in the Chicago Sun-Times:

City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman announced Tuesday that the colleges will grant nearly 3,300 associate degrees in 2012 — up 32 percent from 2011 and double the number 10 years ago.
In addition, an estimate released Tuesday indicates city colleges’ graduation rate in 2011 was 10 percent, an increase of 2 percent from the year before and the highest rate in 10 years, a written statement from City Colleges said.

Hyman said the graduation rate improvement was a result of a “new emphasis on encouraging timely completion of a degree,” particularly hiring more advisors.

That’s right, a 10 percent graduation rate. Wow, what was the graduation rate in the worst year?

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer


  • Crissa on April 26, 2012 1:47 PM:

    City Colleges do a huge number of transfer, night, returning, and merely continuing education students, who don't graduate in four or five years.

    So you expect it to be low to begin with.

    It's not a very good statistic, as it stands.