Working to Increase Graduation Rates at Community Colleges: The Role for the K-12 System

Posted by Philadelphia Education Fund on March 26, 2018

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as we discuss:

Working to Increase Graduation Rates at Community Colleges: The Role for the K-12 System

Approximately, 6.2 million students are enrolled in two-year community colleges. This enrollment figure represents 36 percent of all undergraduate students in the United States.

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, the six-year completion rate for students in these programs hovers somewhere between 39 to 57 percent – compared to 59 to 66 percent at four-year colleges and universities.

What are we to make of these statistics? Is this good? Is this bad? With more than 30,000 Philadelphia students currently enrolled in community college and thousands of new students enrolling every year, what obligations fall to the K-12 system in preparing students for post-secondary success and what supports are needed at community colleges to help students persist?

At this April’s Education First Compact, we invite you to hear from and dialogue with researchers and practitioners who are working across the K-16 spectrum of education to innovate solutions, define strategies, partner more intentionally with the K-12 system, and increase post-secondary completion rates through community colleges.


Fateama Fulmore
Director, High School Supports
School District of Philadelphia

Judith Gay
Vice President, Academic Affairs
Community College of Philadelphia

Paul Harrington
Director, Center for Labor Markets and Policy
Drexel University

Paula Umaña
Project Director
Single Stop

Farah Jimenez
President and CEO
Philadelphia Education Fund

Thursday, April 5, 2018
7:45 – 10:00 am

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