The Success Boston College Completion Initiative was launched in 2008 following the findings of a study conducted by Northeastern University’s Center for Labor Market Studies for the Boston Private Industry Council and the Boston Foundation. The study found that while the Boston Public Schools had one of the highest college enrollment rates in the country, only 35.5% of the students who enrolled in college earned an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree within seven years.
Distressed by these disappointing college completion rates, Mayor Thomas M. Menino challenged the city to double the college completion rate for the BPS Class of 2011 and beyond. He called a press conference and was joined by the Boston Public Schools, the Boston Foundation, the Boston Private Industry Council and University of Massachusetts Boston for the launch of Success Boston in November of 2008.
In 2010, 38 Massachusetts colleges and universities accepted the invitation of Dr. Keith Motley, co-chair of the Mayor’s Success Boston Task Force and Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston, to join the Success Boston College Completion Initiative, which aims to double the number of Boston Public Schools graduates earning college degrees, beginning with the class of 2011.
Success Boston supports academic programming and college advising activities at the high school level, so that students and their families are better positioned to make informed choices. It also works closely with Boston area colleges and universities to offer graduates of the Boston Public Schools the support they need to earn a degree and be prepared to enter the workforce.
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