Going to college doesn’t mean finishing college

Most graduates of Boston public schools go on to college. Unfortunately, most of them never get degrees, according a story by James Vaznis in today’s Boston Globe:

The Class of 2000 left Boston public schools with big dreams: 64.2 percent of the 2,964 members enrolled in college, about 3 percentage points higher than the national average. They went in greatest numbers to Bunker Hill Community College, followed by the University of Massachusetts at Boston, Roxbury Community College, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Northeastern University, Quincy College, and UMass Amherst.

Yet seven years later, only 675 of those who enrolled, or 35.5 percent, had earned a one-year certificate, an associate degree, or a bachelor’s degree. The study suggested that rate was about 8 percentage points below a national average generated by a mid-1990s tracking study that, similar to the Boston study, examined the same types of degrees.

This shouldn’t be a shock to CommonWealth readers, as executive editor Michael Jonas reported last year on the dismal graduation rates in the state’s community colleges, where many Boston students end up.