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
Helping CPS Students get To and Through College
An editorial analyzing the Consortium's research on what is driving the increase in college graduation rate and what higher ed can do to further improve it.
More CPS Graduates Getting College Degrees, CCSR Report Finds
The University of Chicago's summary of the Consortium's finding that 14% of CPS freshman are now earning four-year degrees.
More CPS Grads are Getting College Diplomas, Though Racial Gaps Persist
Kaleen Healey is quoted in this piece, analyzing the Consortium's recent finding that racial gaps still persist among CPS students earning degrees.
Illinois Tech Joins Compact with CPS and Illinois Universities and Colleges to Increase CPS Completi...
In response to data released by the Consortium on the number of CPS students getting to and through college, Illinois universities and colleges are partnering with CPS to increase college completion rates.
Chicago Teachers Union Lauds Student, Parent, and Teacher Contributions to Increased Graduation Rate...
The Chicago Teachers Union celebrates the increase in college graduation rates and acknowledges UEI's On-Track as driving some of that increase.
Chicago School District Slowly Improves College-Going and Graduation Rates
Education Week summarizes the latest Consortium data showing increases in college graduation rates for Chicago Public Schools students.
Number of CPS students getting degrees on the rise
The Sun-Times analyzes new data from The Consortium on how many Chicago Public Schools students are graduating from college, and discusses implications for the road ahead.
Reaching the Finish Line
The Degree Attainment Index is explained, detailing the increasing number of Chicago Public Schools students who will earn a four-year degree based on new data from the Consortium.
More Students Graduating from Chicago High Schools are Enrolling in College
Education Week explains new Consortium data showing that CPS students' college graduation rates are up, mostly due to increasing numbers of students graduating from high school and enrolling in college.
CPS graduation rate from college doubles: Study
Mike Flannery summarizes the research explained at the To&Through Project launch. Interviews with Jenny Nagaoka and Greg Darneider are included.
The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools Students: A Focus on Four-Year College Degrees
Thomas B. Fordham Institute features the latest Consortium release on the educational attainment of Chicago Public Schools students.
Department of Ed Hosts Forum Encouraging Educators to Push Students Toward College Completion
The Consortium's research is cited in this piece on the recent US Deptartment of Education summit in Chicago, where pushing to get students through college was the focus.
Study: More CPS graduates completing college, but rate still troubling
The Tribune examines the first release of The To&Through Project, analyzing the data and its implications.
Odds Nearly Double that CPS Students get College Degrees
The Consortium's report on The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools Students is analyzed.
Calculating a Cohort Dropout Rate for the Chicago Public Schools
This technical research report presents the Consortium's best estimates of CPS dropout rates over the last several years. It also provides the details behind the computation of those rates, including the decisions involved in their construction and the effects of those decisions on the final num
Charting Reform in Asbury School: Results of Student and Teacher Surveys
Asbury High School is a pseudonym for a representative Chicago public high school. Asbury School data from the 1994 teacher and student surveys were analyzed and keyed to the district's self-analysis guide for schools. Each school that participated in the surveys received a report similar to tha
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.
How Well Do Vivaldi Students Succeed after Elementary School?
What happens to Chicago public school students after eighth grade? In this sample Individual School Report, the authors evaluate the academic performance and graduation rates of secondary school students. Findings are presented by gender, ITBS scores, math and English passing rates, and according to
Grades and Attendance - not Test Scores - Matter for Middle Schoolers; U of C Researchers
The Consortium released a new report today indicating that grades and attendance are the biggest indicators of college success for middle schoolers - not test scores.
CPS graduation rate from college nearly doubles: Study
Mike Flannery interviews Tim Knowles on Fox 32 News regarding the rise of CPS college graduates and what is driving the increase.