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
New Initiative in 34 CPS Middle Schools Aims to Increase Students’ Likelihood of Future Success
For Immediate Release Contact: John Gasko, CEO, UChicago Impact email@example.com | 773-834-0096w | 512-203-5841c Mayor’s Press Office firstname.lastname@example.org | 312-744-3334 November 6, 2014—The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, the Lefkofsky Family Fou
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.
New Initiative in 34 CPS Middle Schools Aims to Increase Students' Liklihood of Future Success
A partnership between the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, UEI, and CPS places Success Coordinators in 34 CPS middle schools to help create a college-going culture and give students the preparation to make informed decisions regarding their future.
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.
Grades before test scores hold the secret to success
An analysis of the Consortium's latest report showing that grades and attendance are better predictors of future success than test scores in middle school.
New state report cards highlight UChicago Charter School's college-going success
Chicago Tribune cover story shows UChicago Charter's college-enrollment rate as #2 among all high schools in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. For the first time, the annual report cards released by the Illinois State Board of Education include college-going statistics and reveal t
Why College Culture Matters - John Gasko, Op-Ed
Adding Realism and Fuel to First-Time College Goers’ Dreams From time to time, I ask my young children where they want to go to college. “Yale!” my daughter will exclaim, because I brought her a t-shirt from a conference in New Haven. “Northwestern!” shouts my son,
Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework
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Pausing to Praise CPS
Barbara Byrd-Bennett praises CPS on recent progress, including freshmen on-track rates.
Study: Grades and Attendance More Telling Than Test Scores
The Consortium's report on middle school grades and attendance is analyzed.
Record US High School Graduation Rate of Black and Hispanic Youth
Freshman On-Track is cited as one of the ways Chicago has worked to improve graduation rates city-wide.
The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools Students: A Focus on Four-Year College Degrees
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. This research brief looks at how CPS students’ high school graduation, four-year college enrollment, and bachelor’s degree completion have changed since 2006, when UChicago CCSR estimated
Consortium report finds thousands more CPS students will earn four-year college degrees due to risin...
For Immediate Release Contact: Emily Krone University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research 773-834-8036 December 9, 2014—An estimated 14 percent of ninth-graders in Chicago Public Schools will earn a four-year college degree within 10 years of starting high sc
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.
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.
Odds Nearly Double that CPS Students get College Degrees
The Consortium's report on The Educational Attainment of Chicago Public Schools Students is analyzed.
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.
What matters for college success? Learn about The To&Through Project
Visit the To&Through Site for updates and resources, including an interactive grade-by-grade guide for schools, students, families, and other stakeholders. More »