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CCC Releases 5-Year Vision for Ensuring Student Success

6/24/2013 12:00 AM

Chicago, IL – Chancellor Cheryl Hyman today released a five-year vision to ensure the City Colleges continues to develop into a world-class college system that prepares Chicagoans for success, whether in further college and tomorrow's careers. This plan builds upon the gains made by City Colleges and its students since the 2010 launch of its Reinvention initiative and the start of the internationally-renowned College to Careers program in 2011.

“Since the launch of Reinvention and the implementation of our signature College to Careers program, we have seen impressive progress in our students and our schools, but there is still more to do,” said Chancellor Hyman. “This five-year plan will put us on the path to ensuring our colleges are an important launching pad for our students, both in further college and career success, as well as an economic engine for our city.”

The five-year plan was developed over the course of 18 months and included rigorous analysis of City Colleges past performance as well as best practices for community college outcomes. It establishes five-year targets on a number of critical measures of student success – from enrollment and retention to completion and employment.  

“From cradle to career, we are working to ensure that Chicago’s students have the high-quality education they deserve to get on a path to success and our City Colleges system plays a critical role in achieving this goal,” said Mayor Emanuel. “City Colleges students are graduating at a record rate, degrees awarded are increasing, and our College to Careers program is garnering international recognition and becoming a model for a modern education. While we acknowledge these gains, there is much more that can be achieved, and this plan sets an ambitious agenda for the next five years.” 

Among the key targets outlined in the plan, City Colleges expects to see the following by 2018:
  • The number of degrees awarded annually will increase nearly 40 percent;
  • The number of certificates awarded will increase by more than 15 percent;
  • The graduation rate will be at 20+ percent;
  • More than two-thirds of students in occupational programs will be employed in their area of training;
  • More than half of students will transfer to four-year institutions following graduation;
  • A third of new remedial students will advance to college-level work;
  • Cut the time to hire in half, down to 120 days;
  • Four times as many adult education students will transition to college-level coursework after one semester in GED/ESL; and
  • Funds raised annually from grants and contracts will increase by a third.
Four key strategies will support the achievement of these goals: increasing relevance of certificates and degrees, reducing time to completion, increasing student supports, and strengthening operations. This work will be supported by a steadfast commitment to excellence in teaching and learning.

Among the key approaches employed to achieve these targets are the Reinvention7​​ initiative and College to Careers. Through Reinvention7, City Colleges is achieving reform at scale and is creating a Student GPS system (Student Guided Pathway to Success) that will show students a clear path to further college and careers, involving semester-by-semester program maps, block and predictive scheduling and whole program enrollment, allowing students to see the goal in sight and more easily plan their coursework around other work and family responsibilities.

Through College to Careers, launched by Mayor Emanuel and Chancellor Hyman in December 2011, City Colleges has partnered with more than 100 industry leaders to better align occupational curriculum with workforce demand in fast-growing fields, to provide real-world learning opportunities through access to teacher-practitioners and high-tech facilities, and to offer students a first-pass at internships and job interviews. More than 700 students have since earned jobs and paid internships in College to Careers industry sectors.

The five-year plan builds off the progress City Colleges has made so far through our Reinvention effort. Since the launch of Reinvention:
  • The graduation rate has increased by 71 percent
  • The number of degrees awarded is up 80 percent, the highest on record in CCC history.
  • Total awards granted are up 21 percent
  • Credit enrollment is up 15 percent
Find more on City Colleges’ five-year plan, including a PDF of the document, here​.

Contact Information

Katheryn Hayes
(312) 553-2719