City Colleges of Chicago: Change (Really This Time)

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The notorious dropout factories that are the City Colleges of Chicago are going to change, this time for real, Chicago politicians promise. According to a press release by the mayor’s office:

Mayor Richard M. Daley and officials of City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) today launched the reinvention of the 99-year old community college system set in motion by Daley last March with the goal of ensuring its students have the skills that make them ready to compete for the jobs of the 21st century.

[Daley, CCC Chancellor Cheryl Hyman and Board Chairman Martin Cabrera Jr.,] said that through a highly-collaborative multi-staged process, faculty, staff, and students will team with external advisory councils to explore eight key areas of CCC’s educational and operational practices to develop and then implement solutions to ensure students are prepared to succeed in the 21st century economy.

Ah, yes. A “highly-collaborative multi-staged process.” That’s totally what causes schools to become more effective. Will the group release a report on its findings? Will there be “recommendations for action”? Will the group weigh student input?

The mayor’s office is calling this project a “reinvention.” In fact, the Chicago city colleges have actually be reinventing themselves almost continually since the city first created a community college system back in 1911. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

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