Chicago’s public students aren’t likely to earn a college degree.
Of every 100 freshmen entering a Chicago public high school, only about six will earn a bachelor’s degree by the time they’re in their mid-20s, according to a first-of-its-kind study released Thursday by the Consortium on Chicago School Research.
The prospects are even worse for African-American and Latino male freshmen, who only have about a 3 percent chance of obtaining a bachelor’s degree by the time they’re 25.
Of graduates in ’98 and ’99 who went on to four-year colleges, “35 percent earned a bachelor’s degree within six years, compared with 64 percent nationally,” reports the Chicago Tribune. Not surprisingly, students with better high school grades did better in college, but only 63 percent of the “A” students with a 3.6 grade average or higher completed a college degree in six years.
Perhaps more will earn a degree on the “10-year plan,” but these are dismal results.