Focus on the Finish
The new report released by Simon’s office, titled, “Focus on the Finish,” provides statistics on current graduation rates at Illinois community colleges, as well as recommendations to improve those numbers. Nearly one million students enroll in Illinois community colleges every year. According to Lt. Governor Simon’s website, the report shows that four out five recent high school graduates in Illinois who attend community college do not earn their degree or certificate within three years.
- A voluntary requirement by high schools that students take a full four years of math, instead of the three years currently required by the state
- A partnership between high schools and community colleges to offer dual-credit math courses to high school juniors and seniors
- A redesign of remedial courses at community colleges so developmental skills are included in credit-bearing courses, rather than requiring students to pay for separate classes that do not count toward a degree