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College Opportunities and Success

November 2015 / Abell-Supported Research
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A BERC report on Baltimore City graduates through the class of 2014.

Moving from high school to postsecondary education is a challenge for many graduates of Baltimore City Public Schools. In this Abell-funded report, BERC (Baltimore Education Research Consortium) explored the postsecondary outcomes of those graduates. The findings were sobering.

Fewer than half of all graduates of City Schools enroll in college the following fall, and the majority of those who do enroll go to either Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) or the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). Yet among the classes of 2007 and 2008 who started college at BCCC or CCBC, after six years only one in 10 had finished a degree from any college. This suggests that while some might earn a non-degree certificate, the vast majority fail to complete the college degree they sought. 

The BERC report offers needed perspective on the postsecondary outcomes of City Schools graduates and highlights opportunities for improvement though additional research and policy changes.