Staying the Course

College Enrollment and Completion for BPS Class of 2011 Graduates

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A new report from the Boston Private Industry Council and the Success Boston college completion initiative was released at a forum at the Boston Foundation on April 11, 2018.  The report, Staying the Course: Six-Year College Enrollment and Completion Experiences, finds the number of Boston Public Schools graduates attending and completing college within six years has nearly doubled in the past decade.  In addition to an updated six-year college completion rate for the BPS Class of 2011, the report includes new analyses on the types of degrees they earned and the fields of study they selected. Following a presentation of the report's findings, the co-chairs of Success Boston responded to the research and discussed the initiative's ongoing and planned activities to continue to foster college access and success for Boston's students.

Presenters included:


Paul S. Grogan, CEO & President, The Boston Foundation

Presentation of the Report Findings

Joseph McLaughlin, Research & Evaluation Director, Boston Private Industry Council

Response from Success Boston Co-Chairs 

Elizabeth Pauley, Associate Vice President, Education to Career, The Boston Foundation, Moderator

Turahn Dorsey, Chief of Education, City of Boston

Pam Eddinger, President, Bunker Hill Community College

Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation 

Barry Mills, Interim Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston

Kenneth C. Montgomery, First Vice President & COO, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

About Success Boston.  Launched in 2008, Success Boston is Boston's citywide college completion initiative. Together, the Boston Foundation, the Boston Public Schools, the City of Boston, 37 area institutions of higher education, led by UMass Boston, and local nonprofit partners are working to double the college completion rate for students from the Boston Public Schools. Together, the partner organizations implemented a four-part strategy: getting ready, getting in, getting through and getting connected-to ensure Boston's young people are prepared to meet the challenges of higher education and receive a degree that will allow them to thrive in the workplace.