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Diverse Issues in Higher Education: CCC Graduates Largest Class in Decades

6/12/2013 12:00 AM

For Ian Dobbins, graduation day was a bittersweet moment. “I knew that I had accomplished one of my goals – I set out to go to school and finish,” he says. “But I kept thinking to myself that this is the first step of where I want to go. I am very grateful to Harold Washington for giving me the launching pad.”

Dobbins is one of nearly 4,000 students who earned an associate degree during City Colleges of Chicago’s commencement ceremony last month. This year’s graduating class was the largest the community college system has had on record in more than two decades. Such an accomplishment is the result of a collaborative effort, known as the Reinvention Initiative, which was designed to ensure students are successfully prepared to pursue their education and career goals. … 

Cheryl Hyman, chancellor City Colleges, established Reinvention after her arrival three years ago as a comprehensive review of all City Colleges programs and practices. There are four focus areas under the Reinvention initiative, including: increasing degree attainment, increasing the rate of students who transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, increasing the rate of success among students needing remediation and expanding opportunities in adult education. 

“Our success has come through a combination of increasing the relevance of our programs, bolstering student support and making a concerted effort to ensure our students have a clear path to completion,” says Hyman. 

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