University with 2% graduation rate bemoans temporary loss of government funding


The New York Times had a sob story about Chicago State University. Because of a budget dispute CSU did not get its state funding, and as a result it has to cut back.

What the article did not mention is that CSU has a graduation rate of only 2%. That's right, only 2 out of 100 students who go to CSU graduate. (To be fair, that's the 4 year graduation rate; if you looked at the 5 year, 10 year, 20 year, and lifetime of trying graduation rate, you might get another point or two.)

Since last July, when the fiscal year began, the university has received zero dollars from the state, though it relies on Illinois for 30 percent of its $105 million budget. If no one swoops in with a rescue plan, the school could shut down, stranding students mid-degree,

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Stranding at least 2% of them!

eliminating hundreds of jobs and shuttering a path forward for a poor and underserved community.

How is an underserved community served by a school that only graduates 2% of them?

“People are losing their minds,” said Barbara Ameyedowo, 28, a math major who is expecting to graduate in December.

It does not sound like 98% of them had minds to begin with.

“Students are leaving."

Yes. 98% of them. It happens every day at CSU.

We are absolutely in financial disaster,” Thomas J. Calhoun Jr., the university president, said in an interview on Wednesday. “What do you do when your state just zips up the pocketbook and doesn’t give you anything?”

Shut down, perhaps?

“It’s aimed at hurting minorities,” Glenn Weston, 23, a junior who is studying accounting, said of the budget conflict.

I'm guessing the 23 year old Weston, a Junior, isn't in the 2% who graduate in 4 years.

“There’s a lot of frustration in the community,” said Phillip Beverly, a political-science professor at Chicago State, who grew up five blocks from the school and whose grandmother and wife are graduates. “You’re closing off an avenue for people to change their lives.”

It's slamming the door in the face of the 2%.

[Governor]Rauner recently called the potential closing of Chicago State “an outrage"

No. The outrage is that a school with a 2% graduation rate is funded at all. The NYT doesn't mention this fact, but legislators must know it. Nevertheless, because it is a heavily minority attended school, they are afraid to cut off funding. But a school that only graduates 2% of its students is wasting taxpayer subsidies. We would not tolerate a military where 2% of the weapons work, or a post office where 2% of the mail is delivered, so why do we tolerate it in our state funded schools? The fact is that too many people are going to college, and failing, and the taxpayer is paying for it.



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