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
We Need to Change the Way High Schools are Preparing Students for College
Elaine Allensworth explains the need to shift the focus of high school to real college preparation.
WGN Radio Piece on High School Bound
Elliot Ransom is interviewed on the launch of the High School Bound website.
CPS and UChicago Impact Launch Website to Help Students Select High Schools and Programs
NBC 5 coverage of High School Bound website launch.
New CPS Website Helps Students Explore High School Options
ABC coverage of HS Bound website launch.
Study Finds Success Beyond Selective CPS Schools; Students Agree
The Sun-Times examines Consortium report on selective enrollment schools, quoting students, CPS officials, and Consortium reseacher Marisa de la Torre.
Do Selective Enrollment CPS Schools Really Help Poor Kids?
Crain's examines Consortium report on the effects of selective enrollment high school on students in Chicago.
U.S. High School Grad Rate Reaches Record Mark
Alex Seeskin weighs in on the importance of helping more students not only graduate high school, but to succeed in college and careers.
U.S. High School Grad Rate Reaches Record Mark
Director Alex Seeskin weighs in on improving U.S. high school graduation rates and what The To&Through Project is doing to improve not only high school but college attainment in Chicago and beyond.
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