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
Chicago's Focus on Ninth Grade On-Track Triggers Climb in High School Graduation Rates
For Immediate Release Contact: Emily Krone University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research 773-834-8036 April 24, 2014 — Efforts to improve the academic performance of ninth-graders drove large improvements in graduation rates three years later in a divers
Preventable Failure: Improvements in Long-Term Outcomes When High Schools Focused on the Ninth Grade...
Dive deeper into UChicago CCSR's findings about on-track rates at the new on-track website. In 2007, CPS launched a major effort, centered on keeping more ninth-graders on track to graduation. Freshmen are considered on track if they have enough credits to be promoted to tenth grade and hav
Free to Fail or On-Track to College
An Introduction to the UChicago CCSR Research Series Why Grades Drop When Students Enter High School and What Adults Can Do About It Setting the Stage for Academic Challenge: Classroom Control and Student Support High school course performance is a key lever for both graduation
President Obama highlights UEI's $10 million commitment to college opportunity
Gift from Steven and Priscilla Kersten supports UEI's work cited as national example For Immediate Release Contact: Seong-Ah Cho University of Chicago Urban Education Institute 773-834-8684 In an initiative highlighted by President Barack Obama, the University of Chica
Readiness for College: The Role of Noncognitive Factors and Context
Research has shown that in addition to academic knowledge, a variety of noncognitive skills are essential to students' post-secondary success. This article is adapted from Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance: A Criti
College Readiness Indicator Systems Framework
A new framework from the CRIS initiative provides guidance for schools and districts to implement a system of indicators and supports for students who are off track for post-secondary success. This article is reprinted with permission from issue no. 38 (Fall 2013) of Voices in Urban Education, the
UChicago Charter School Graduates Class with 100% College Acceptance for Second Year in a Row
This June, the University of Chicago Charter School graduated its seniors of the Class of 2013, celebrating 100% college acceptance for the second year in a row. The UChicago Charter School Woodlawn Campus (UCW) convocation showcased the accomplishments and character of UCW’s sc
UChicago Charter Students Connect with Women Leaders to Build Networking Skills, Confidence
Report Finds CPS Must Rethink Senior Year for Rigorous College/Career Preparation
There is much work to do for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to shift the focus of 12th grade from finishing graduation requirements to preparing for college or employment, according to a new report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research. The study finds that the majo
From High School to the Future: The Challenge of Senior Year in Chicago Public Schools
If you would like to order multiple copies of this report, please visit Amazon for pricing information. From High School to the Future: The Challenge of Senior Year in Chicago Public Schools finds there is much work to do to shift the focus of senior year in Chicago from finishing graduation re
UChicago Charter School's First College Week Kickoff Celebrates Student Success in College and ...
This past fall the University of Chicago Charter School held its first annual College Week Kickoff, celebrating and strengthening a college-going culture that has flourished since the Woodlawn secondary campus first opened in 2006. Featuring performances by the Central State University Percussion Ba
The Use of Ninth-Grade Early Warning Indicators to Improve Chicago Schools
Link to article: Here Chicago has been in the forefront of the country in its use of 9th-grade indicators of dropout. Catalyzed by the development of the freshman on-track indicator and research around it, Chicago school administrators, central office personnel, and external partners have devel
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
What is 6to16?
6to16 consists of a college-readiness curriculum, and a set of online learning experiences that give students the beliefs, knowledge, skills, and support to successfully complete high school and college. 6to16 begins in the sixth grade and provides students the support to continue through middle s
UChicago Charter School Barbeque Celebrates Back-to-School for All Four Campuses
On a blazing hot day in August, hundreds of students, parents, teachers, and community members gathered in Hyde Park for the first annual University of Chicago Charter School Back-to-School Barbeque. Celebrating a renewed charge of “one school, four campuses,” this year’s event bro
Students and Teachers Immersed in an Environment of Inquiry at UEI’s Accelerated Math and Science ...
The mass of the Higgs Boson, the landmark significance of the Chicago Skyway, and everyone’s favorite invasive species—even before reaching the Indiana Dunes where they would lead students in summer science exploration, the Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP) candidates were
College Readiness for All: The Challenge for Urban High Schools
Melissa Roderick, Jenny Nagaoka, and Vanessa Coca focus on the importance of improving college access and readiness for low-income and minority students in urban high schools. They stress the aspirations-attainment gap: although the college aspirations of all U.S. high school students, regardless of
Barriers to College Attainment: Lessons from Chicago
The aspiration to attain a college degree has become nearly universal among high school students, and the percentage of students making the immediate transition to college has risen among all racial and ethnic groups. While college enrollment is now a reachable goal, the proportion of students who c
Potholes on the Road to College: High School Effects in Shaping Urban Students' Participation ...
This article examines the extent to which indicators of the college-going climate of urban high schools are associated with students’ application to, enrollment in, and choice among four-year colleges. The investigators examine two mechanisms by which high schools may shape college enrollment
Rigor and Readiness
There is a growing body of research showing that for students in middle and high school grades course grade sand attendance are more predictive of students’ educational attainment (high school and college graduation) than test scores and background characteristics. One emerging hypothesis behi