Wednesday, September 26, 2012

8% Chance of Earning a College Degree

Horrific stat of the day:  if you start a Chicago Public School as a freshman you have just an 8% chance of earning a college degree. 


University of Chicago study 8 percent of high school freshman in Chicago will get a four year degree from college. (Retrieved fromhttp://ccsr.uchicago.edu/sites/default/files/publications/Postsecondary.pdf )

·         “We reported the college graduation rates of CPS alumni who completed high school in 1998 and 1999.”
·         “Using the updated data, the overall college graduation rate for CPS alumni increases from 35 percent to 45 percent. See Revised Figure 3-1 on page 5. This is primarily due to the revised graduation rate for Urbana, although other factors also contribute to the increase, including: 1) small increases in the graduation rates at other schools with updated student records; 2) the removal of Carbondale from these statistics; and 3) the participation of several additional colleges in the NSC, including DePaul University which has a graduation rate of 76 percent. The aggregate statistic of the percentage of students who begin high school in CPS and earn a four-year college degree by their mid-twenties increases just slightly—from 6 to 8 percent.”

State-by-State report on the Student Pipeline from 2008. Of 100 9th Graders, How Many Graduate from High School on Time, Directly Enter College, and Graduate within 150 Percent of Required Degree Time: http://www.higheredinfo.org/dbrowser/index.php?submeasure=119&year=2008&level=nation&mode=graph&state=0. (Uses approximately the same timeframe as the University of Chicago study.)
·         20.5 percent of all US 9th graders who graduate from HS on time, go directly to college, return for their second year, and graduate within 150% of program time
·         On the low end: 6.6 percent of Alaskan 9th graders whograduate from HS on time, go directly to college, return for their second year, and graduate within 150% of program time
·         On the high end: 30.2 percent of 9th graders in Massachusetts whograduate from HS on time, go directly to college, return for their second year, and graduate within 150% of program time

Related: Only 15 percent of Houston ISD freshmen graduate college:http://blog.chron.com/k12zone/2010/06/only-15-percent-of-hisd-freshmen-graduate-college-updated/