How City Colleges of Chicago Manufactures Results
Mayor Emanuel often goes on speaking tours talking about how he has “reinvented” City Colleges of Chicago. [Emanuel]: We’re only at this in two years. From a system that used to have a graduation rate of 7 percent. It grew by 80 percent in the last two years. [Interviewer]: So community colleges now have a 20 percent graduation rate? [Rahm]: No, they were seven (percent) when I was there, 13 (percent) today, and on track to get to 20 (percent). In 2011 (the graduation rate) was 7 percent, now we’re at 17 percent. But what he doesn’t tout on these speaking tours is the fact that City Colleges this year has hit a 25-year low in enrollment. And so the question that we had to ask was, How is it possible that so many fewer students are getting so many more degrees? What we’ve found is that they watered down curriculum, they’ve changed the way they count statistics, they’ve violated their own policy about what constitutes a degree, and they’ve given out thousands of degrees to current and former students Sometimes in multiples to the same student, When the students didn’t ask for, didn’t want, and didn’t need. What they’ve done at City Colleges of Chicago under reinvention, Is make it much much easier to get a degree, And in many cases, much much more difficult to get an education.