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
Pausing to Praise CPS
Barbara Byrd-Bennett praises CPS on recent progress, including freshmen on-track rates.
Get Chicago Students College-Ready with iMentor
Consortium research is cited in this piece on how iMentor helps move more students to and through college.
New CPS Website Helps Students Explore High School Options
ABC coverage of HS Bound website launch.
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.
Give Clemente a Look, Bucktown Parents Say as High School Imrpoves
The Consortium's Selective Enrollment study is cited in this piece on neighborhood schools.
New Entrepreneurship Program Unveiled at Dyett High School
To&Through is referenced in this feature about Dyett High Schools new entrepreneurship program, as well as other recent successes including their Freshman OnTrack rate.
U. of C. study: Challenging material, orderly class keys to learning
The Consortium's report on challenging material and strong classroom environment is summarized, discussing the importance of both for true student success.
Video: About 6to16
Watch this short video on the mission and vision of the 6to16 program. [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBOIWl43P6c] Graduates from the University of Chicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus talk about how 6to16 has helped prepare them for college. [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGGeo
Graduation Rates and Keeping Students On Track
The Consortium's research along with Chicago's graduation success story are cited in this piece explaining the benefits of music education for keeping students focused.
Education Week Features Elaine Allensworth in Urban Education Reform Series
The UChicago Consortium's Lewis-Sebring Director, Elaine Allensworth, is featured in an EdWeek series on Urban Education Reform, discussing why research says 9th grade is such a critical year for students.
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.
On the Decline - Numbers of African-American Students on Illinois Campuses are Dropping
Consortium research and Elaine Allensworth are quoted on causes of the decline in African-American students at Illinois universities.
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.
U of Chicago 'Mythbusters' project debunks academic performance assumptions
Education Dive shares The To&Through Project's 'Mythbusters' on what it takes to make it to and through high school and college.
Lefkofskys Give $2 Million to Nuture the Wonder Years
The Lefkofsky Family Foundation partners with UEI and Chicago Public Schools to bring a college-going curriculum into 34 middle schools to help prepare students for high school and college.
DC Public Schools Practices Data-Informed College Advising
Consortium Deputy Director Jenny Nagaoka is quoted throughout this piece on how D.C. Public Schools is using data to inform college advising.
CPS freshmen going to college at a higher rate
Graphics showing various data released by the Consortium regarding the updated numbers of CPS graduates attending college.
More CPS Freshmen Earn College Degrees
Elaine Allensworth and Greg Darneider answer questions related to The To&Through Project.
Just 14 Percent of CPS Students Will Finish College, Report Says
Sam Cholke summarizes the first release of The To&Through Project, sharing data from The Consortium's latest report.
College Graduation Rates for CPS Students on the Rise
Kaleen Healey is interviewed for WBEZ's Afternoon Shift to discuss the rising college graduation rates for CPS students.