Getting Closer to the Finish Line: The College Enrollment and Completion Experiences of Graduates of the Boston Public Schools

Getting Closer to the Finish Line: The College Enrollment and Completion Experiences of Graduates of the Boston Public Schools

Success Boston, a cross-sector initiative aimed at improving college completion rates among graduates of the Boston Public Schools system, has helped boost college enrollment and degree attainment while reducing the need for remedial courses, a report from the Boston Foundation and the Center for Labor Market Studies finds. According to the report, Getting Closer to the Finish Line: The College Enrollment and Completion Experiences of Graduates of the Boston Public Schools (96 pages, PDF), first-year enrollment rates among BPS graduates rose to nearly 70 percent in 2010, from 61 percent in 2005, while the graduating class of 2005 achieved a six-year college completion rate of 47.4 percent, up from 40.2 percent for the class of 2000. At the same time, the report found evidence of significant gender and racial disparities, with women in the class of 2005 achieving a 57 percent college completion rate, compared to 45 percent for men, while Asians (74 percent) and whites (74 percent) fared better than African Americans (41 percent) and Latinos (38 percent).