Success Boston is Boston’s citywide college completion initiative. Together, the Boston Foundation, the Boston Public Schools (BPS), the City of Boston, 37 area institutions of higher education led by UMass Boston and Bunker Hill Community College and local nonprofit partners are working to double the college completion rate for students from the BPS.
Success Boston was launched in 2008 in response to a longitudinal study by Northeastern University’s Center for Labor Market Studies, which showed that only 35% of those who had enrolled in college ever completed an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree by the time they turned 25. Even as enrollment rates had steadily increased, completion rates had not. Together, the partner organizations implemented a four-part strategy: Getting Ready, Getting In, Getting Through, and Getting Connected—to ensure our youth are prepared to meet the challenges of higher education and achieve a degree that will allow them to thrive in the workplace.
Increase in 2nd year persistence rates for coached students compared with students without coaches
6-Year College Completion Rate for BPS graduates from the Class of 2009
Boston students have received coaching since 2009
The Boston Foundation has committed more than $1M per year to this initiative, and today the six-year college completion rate stands at over 51% for BPS graduates from the Class of 2009. Over 5,000 Boston students have received coaching since 2009. According to independent analysis, students who are coached are 11 percent more likely to persist to the second year and 21 percent more likely to persist to the third year of college than their peers without coaches.