A straight cut-and-paste from the 411 email on Graduation 2013 and, yes, Reinvention:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chancellor Cheryl Hyman announced today that nearly 4,000 students are expected to earn an associate’s degree from City Colleges this year — the largest number in more than two decades, and an 80 percent increase since Reinvention began. “We could not be prouder of these students and their results. From our early learning programs to our City Colleges, we are working to ensure that every student in this city receives a high-quality education that helps them succeed in life,” said Mayor Emanuel. CCC is forecasting the federal IPEDS graduation rate will increase to 12 percent for 2013, up 5 percent since Reinvention and the highest in more than a decade. “We are delivering on our central goal to increase the number of students earning credentials of economic value,” said Chancellor Hyman. “Our students’ achievements demonstrate that the student-centered reforms we’ve implemented in recent years are paying off as we had hoped: more of our students are now prepared for further education or a career.” In recent years, CCC has invested in key student services including: tutoring, academic advisors, transfer specialists, career and transfer centers, veteran centers, and Wellness Centers, among other services. On Friday May 3rd at the UIC Pavilion, Chancellor Cheryl Hyman and special guest Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon will congratulate the Class of 2013 during the annual graduation ceremony.
So what does all of this mean?
For starters, I’d like a breakdown of what kind of Associate degrees are being earned? I heard it through the grapevine that advisors were puttin’ the squeeze on students (not that they wanted to – but District had mandated) to complete a degree – any degree – and that most of our students were forced into being “awarded” an ASG. True or False?
Can someone at District define what a credential of economic value is or looks like? Is there a formula bigD is following? This smells more like a subjective (perhaps hyperbolized statement) rather than an objective, data-driven, statement.
At least we know Rahm won’t be politic-ing at graduation. I leave it in the hands of our Lieutenant Governor to brainstorm with the Chancellor to see if they can come up with a game plan to keep the students from leaving before the whole circus comes to an end. Maybe if the special guest stuck around for the whole show, she’d know what I’m talkin’ ’bout.
I feel for all the President’s that don’t have as much pull as a politician to come and go when they please during the event. I’m sure most of them would like to at least take a bathroom break. I feels bad for Don. He gotta do a two-for-one; representin’ both WR and HW. Wonder what colors he gonna wear?