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Simon assails community college graduation rate

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is proposing changes in the funding of the state's community colleges to reward higher graduation rates. (Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune / September 17, 2011)

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is proposing changes in the funding of the state's community colleges to reward higher graduation rates. (Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune / September 17, 2011)

Almost a million students enroll in Illinois community colleges each year, seeking a more affordable and accessible alternative to traditional four-year universities, to try to learn new skills, or to brush up on old ones.

But fewer than 1 in 5 first-time students who take full loads of classes graduate with associate degrees within three years — a statistic Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says creates “revolving doors to the unemployment line.”

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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