Rate of CPS grads attending college increases

May 13, 2008 3:22:42 PM PDT
A higher number of seniors in Chicago Public Schools are college bound.

CPS revealed Tuesday the college enrollment rate of high school graduates has increased 6 percent over the past four years. Nearly half of the class of 2007 is enrolled in a college or university.

Administrators say what's even more encouraging is the increase in the number of black and Latino males enrolling in four or two year schools.

"We live in the Midwest, the Big 10, we had a 30 percent increase in the number of students, University of Michigan, Northwestern, Penn State, so the types of-- not just more students going on to college, but the types of schools that folks are getting into are at a different level, and again that is very encouraging to us as a system," said CPS chief Arne Duncan.

CPS outpaced the country in boosting college enrollment. School officials credit the increase to a concerted effort to get students to believe that college is within their reach.


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