High School and College Success
Propelling more students to and through high school and college is one of our key pillars for significantly improving schools. As it becomes increasingly clear that receiving a post-secondary education is necessary to prosper in modern society, UEI has amassed resources, expertise, and years of research demonstrating what works in improving high school and college attainment. In 2014, UEI also launched The To&Through Project to empower educators, families, and policymakers with the information they need to support more students on their way through pre-K to 12th grade and on to their bachelor's degrees.
Propelling more students to and through high school and college is one of our key pillars for significantly improving schools.
Op-Ed: UEI director highlights key levers for high school and college success. Sara Ray Stoelinga offers hope for struggling Florida schools from Chicago's successes, noting the great promise in early childhood education, violence prevention and intensive tutoring, effective teachers, the focus on freshman year, and the goal to get all students to and through college.
- Over the past decade, Chicago Public Schools' high school graduation rate has improved approximately 20 percentage points—moving CPS from being a system where students were as likely to drop out as they were to graduate from high school to one where nearly three-fourths of all freshmen successfully earn a high school diploma.
- Currently, only 14 percent of Chicago Public Schools high school freshmen go on to graduate from a four-year college by the age of 25, despite the fact that 72 percent of CPS freshmen aspire to earn a bachelor’s degree.
- Nationally, just 18 out of 100 public school freshmen earn a bachelor's degree by their mid-twenties. Chicago has one of the highest college-attainment rates of any major urban center in the country.
Latest from UEI on High School & College Success
University launches To&Through Campaign to close college attainment gap
The University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute and Network for College Success are launching a new initiative to help more Chicago high schoolers graduate from college, anchored by a first-of-its-kind online data tool for schools and families. The To&
A CPS Celebration.. and a Challenge
The Chicago Tribune acknowledges a focus on Freshman On Track as leading to high graduation rates across the district.
Arrupe: A Debt-Free College for Students who Struggle Most
Consortium research is cited in this piece on Arrupe College and how they are working to help students graduate debt-free.
Are CPS Schools 'Crumbling Prisons'? The Data Say Otherwise
Elaine Allensworth and the Consortium's research are quoted throughout this piece, which examines recent data showing significant improvements in CPS performance along several independent measures of succes.
Can 'early-warning systems' keep children from dropping out of school?
Focusing on early-warning indicators rather than test scores is leading to increased graduation rates in many schools across the nation. Elaine Allensworth and the work of Freshmen OnTrack is cited.
Editorial: What Competition Did for CPS (Hint: Good News for Students)
The Chicago Tribune explores highlights from recent Consortium researching showing district-wide gains in graduation and college attainment.
Reports Show Educational Gains in CPS Despite Financial Troubles
Chicago Tonight exams Consortium finding that CPS is making gains in terms of graduation and college acceptance and graduation, despite financial turmoil.
Study: Slight Progress for CPS Students' College Graduation Prospects
The Chicago Tribune reports on the Consortium's latest district report on the progress of CPS in terms of high school and college graduation rates.
#notaprison: CPS Budget Cuts Interrupt Decade of Progress
Sara Ray Stoelinga explains why budget cuts can harm decades of progress in CPS.
New Consortium Reports Explore Improvements in High School Graduation and Degree Attainment Rates fo...
High School Graduation Rates through Two Decades of District Change: The Influence of Policies, Data Records, and Demographic Shifts Sixteen years ago, high school students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) were almost as likely to drop out as they were to graduate; today they are three times as like
The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools Students: 2015: A Focus on Four-Year College De...
In 2006, the UChicago Consortium estimated that just 8 percent of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) freshmen would graduate high school, immediately enroll in a four-year college, and go on to earn a bachelor’s degree by their mid-20s. By 2014, that number had risen to 14 percent. This brief upda
High School Graduation Rates through Two Decades of District Change: The Influence of Policies, Data...
Read the Executive Summary. If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. Sixteen years ago, high school students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) were almost as likely to drop out as they were to graduate; today they are three times as
Yorkville Proposal Calls for End to Grades on Homework
The Consortium's Camille Farrington weighs in on the discussion of how to most effectively measure student progress.
6to16 In Action: John Fiske Elementary School
Building Cohesiveness Around a Shared Goal In spring of 2013, John Fiske Elementary School was facing upheaval. As part of a district plan to close and consolidate 50 schools throughout Chicago, Fiske’s student population was to merge with that of nearby Sexton Elementary. Fiske
Some Charters Help Alumni Stick with College
Jenny Nagaoka, Deputy Director of the Consortium, is quoted on this piece about what schools can do to support their students, not only in getting to college, but getting through it as well.
What Do Young People Need to Succeed?
Huffington Post explores latest research by Jenny Nagaoka, Deputy Director of the Consortium on School Research, on the developmental framework for adult success.
Study: Drops in Class Rank Affect Student Outcomes
Ed Week explores Lauren Sartain's SREE Conference presentation on recent Consortium research finding that drops in class rank could affect student outcomes.
Op-Ed: UEI director highlights key levers for high school and college success
This op-ed by UEI Director Sara Ray Stoelinga originally appeared in the Tampa Bay Times » I was visiting Clearwater Beach when I picked up the Tampa Bay Times and read Failure Factories, the investigation of five resegregated elementary schools in south St. Petersburg. At home on Chicago'
At 125th anniversary panel, the past and future of civic engagement
UChicago Charter School CEO Shayne Evans presented at the University of Chicago's 125th Anniversary event on the importance of helping more students get through college.
Op-Ed: Consortium director examines the unsung progress of Chicago Public Schools
This op-ed by Consortium Director Elaine Allensworth originally appeared in Catalyst Chicago » With budget cuts, union discontent and a sizeable list of pernicious problems, the education landscape in Chicago today looks a lot like it did 25 years ago. Yet for all the unsolved challenges that