Making Boston the College Completion City
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 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. Read more...
Two Lives Touched by Success Boston
“It’s the transition,” explains UMass student Tucker Gaye (below, right). “There is so much you have to understand—from the courses to campus life to financial aid. I don’t know what I would have done without Success Boston coach Tahina Barlatier.” "She helps us with everything," adds Anamol Gurang, also a student at UMass. "When I was struggling in a course and my grades were going down, she helped me find a tutor. You can ask her about anything."
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