A Big Graduation Rate Improvement, Sort of

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?

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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