On the same day that Education Secretary Arne Duncan is giving a speech in New York about the lamentable state of many teacher preparation programs, the Tribune reports that one of Chicago's main teacher training institutions, Chicago State University, has ridiculously low graduation and retention rates and may lose its accreditation.
"Chicago State University is at risk of losing its accreditation because
of "remarkably poor" graduation and retention rates, as well as
tumultuous leadership and finances, according to the region's
accrediting agency Of the 372 students who started college in fall
2007, for example, only 55 percent returned the next year. And the
six-year graduation rate has continued to decline. Only 12.8 percent of
first-year students in 2002 graduated by 2008." ((Poor graduation rates puts Chicago State at risk of losing accreditation)
What do you think? Does Chicago State deserve to continue enrolling and training students? Does it do a good job despite its challenges, or should it be demoted to a community college or shut down entirely? This is an issue that Carol Marin has also raised recently.