City Colleges Chancellor: Graduation Rate Is Creeping Up

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.

  • tom Sharp

    I know several City Colleges teachers and retired teachers. I can say with complete certainty that the “graduation rate increase” means nothing! The average student tin the City College comes out with a junior-high level reading, writing and math ability. Those who try to go on to a four-year college (with the noted exception of Chicago State ,which itself is like a community college) don’t do well and the majority fail to graduate. The City College are now and always have been a patronage junk yard full of over-paid, under-qualified executives with insider clout and their buddies on the consultant gravy train. Shut them down Rahm.

  • Former CCC Employee

    As a former employee of City Colleges, I agree. Management spends too much time trying to mico-manage their employees instead of focusing on quality education and service to the students and community. Most students especially from OH and KK do transfer to Chicago State which is now being ran by the former Chancellor of City Colleges Wayne Watson. It’s one big joke. I came across too many students who were taking courses at City Colleges that were advised by CCC advisors only to find out that the schools they were trying to transfer to would not accept them.

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