Chicago mayor says community college system must improve

Low graduation rates at the City Colleges of Chicago must improve or school officials could be dismissed, reports Inside Higher Ed.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that officials at the community college must do more to improve the schools' graduation rate. Currently, City Colleges of Chicago graduates just 7 percent of students who enroll in its programs. However, the community college was recognized for its commitments to making education more accessible to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and ethnic groups.

"You cannot continue with a 7 percent graduation rate," Emanuel said in a news conference last summer, as quoted by the news source. "We owe the taxpayers – and most importantly the students – a better community college system."

According to the Chicago Tribune, Mayor Emanuel is scheduled to speak at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., later this week. Education is expected to be a topic of discussion at the event, including the graduation rates of city community colleges.

If you're thinking about attending a community college, make sure to research the graduation rates thoroughly before you submit a college application.

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