Common perceptions about college-going are not reality for CPS graduates, finds a new study

A graduate looking into the distanceUChicago researchers examine more than 6,000 paths that CPS graduates took through college

The college enrollment rate for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) graduates has steadily increased over the past decade and attending college has become the predominant plan following high school. College completion rates, however, have remained relatively flat.

A new study from the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (UChicago Consortium) and the To&Through Project examines the college paths and outcomes of approximately 63,000 CPS graduates in the classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012, from the time they first enrolled in college to the point six years later when they stayed or left college, with or without a credential in hand. In Navigating the Maze: Understanding CPS Graduates’ Paths Through College, researchers use data to debunk four common perceptions about going to college that did not hold true for CPS graduates.

Click here to review the report, Navigating the Maze: Understanding CPS Graduates’ Paths Through College.