The Completion Crisis
College Graduation Rates
Highest Wealth Group (top 20% of households)
Middle wealth group (middle 40%)
Lowest wealth group (bottom 40%)
But it’s not just about money. First-generation college students often face social and cultural challenges as they have no one in their immediate family network with whom to compare experiences, and low-income high school graduates often find that their academic preparation was not fully sufficient for the rigors of college-level courses.
The current model is not working. Getting students to college is not the end of the road. In fact, sending low-income students to college without supporting them academically, socially, or financially is devastating to the aspiring student coupled with a detrimental impact on our economy – and it’s getting worse.
Milwaukee Public High
School Graduation Rate
With the average college educated person earning an additional $1 million in taxable income over a lifetime compared to a high school graduate, the answer to building a sustainable and thriving community is simple: we need to first build a college educated workforce. This goal is only attainable if we commit to seeing students through to completing the last mile of their education.