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Community College Week Cover Story: Winds of Reform in Chicago

2/17/2014 12:00 AM

​The gusts of higher education reform are blowing with gale force through the Windy City.

Once considered a deeply troubled urban institution where enrollment was plummeting, graduation rates were dismal and degrees held little value, the City Colleges of Chicago are undergoing a turnaround under the leadership of Chancellor Cheryl Hyman. 

Since her arrival from the corporate world in 2010, the seven-college system has been restructured to better meet workforce needs. Graduation rates are on the rise. The total number of CCC completers exceeded 10,000 in fiscal year 2013, reaching the milestone two years ahead of projections. 

And enrollment is increasing, too. According to CCWeek’s annual analysis of Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS) statistics, two CCC colleges now rank among the nation’s fastest-growing.

Every year, Community College Week publishes its “Fastest-Growing Community Colleges” edition, providing a comparison of enrollments from one year to the next. ... 

Read the entire article, part of Community College Week's Fastest-Growing Community Colleges Edition," at

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