High School Graduation
Goal: Every student will graduate from high school.
According to Gradnation.org, high school graduates are:
• More likely to be employed, make higher taxable income, and aid in job generation.
• Less likely to engage in criminal behavior or require social services.
• Have better health and longer life expectancy. (1)
Every dropout can cost a community up to $392,000 in lost earnings, crime, etc. over the person’s lifetime. (2) In 2014, the combined graduation rate for the three public C-U high schools was 87.5%.
A Gradnation national survey (3) cites the most common reasons for dropping out include:
Unsupportive/disrespectful school climates/policies
Personal or family health traumas
The “High School Graduation” goal team will:
Identify the local causes for dropping out
Find out which local/national programs inside and outside of school best address these causes
Evaluate local programming for effectiveness
Address the barriers to access/success in these programs
Align community resources to scale-up “what works”
CUC2C will determine a launch date for this team contingent on progress of the Goal Teams currently active and in light of the capacity of this all-volunteer organization. For further information, please contact Lee Ann Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sum, A., Khatiwada, I., McLaughlin, J., & Palma, S. (2009). The consequences of dropping out of high school. Center for Labor Market Studies Publications.