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City Colleges Chancellor: Graduation Rate Is Creeping Up

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CHICAGO (CBS) — The head of the City Colleges of Chicago says she is seeing small signs of progress, as she and the system’s leadership try to reverse some disturbing trends at the community colleges.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, when she was named as Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago in the spring of last year, Cheryl Hyman took the reins of a system that only graduated 7 percent of those enrolled, and enrollments were way down.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

Now, Hyman says, the City Colleges are making changes. Enrollments are up, and the graduation rate is creeping back.

“In this last year, we did see a 1 percent increase in our graduation rate,” Hyman said. “Now, some people may say, ‘Oh, that’s just 1 percent.’ But 1 percent of 120,000 is an impact on a lot of lives.”

Hyman is the guest on WBBM Newsradio’s “At Issue” program this weekend, and you can hear more of her comments Sunday at 9:30 p.m.

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