If you've got kids pondering college, the UNC-system database used in a recent Queens University of Charlotte study is a treasure trove.
The state universities track how students do as they advance through the system - or drop out. Cheryl Pulliam of Queens' Public Education Research Institute used the data to look at how kids in five urban districts, including CMS and Wake, compared as they advanced through state schools, and to look at results for individual CMS high schools.
For example: 84 percent of Myers Park grads returned for a second year of college with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, compared with 54 percent of Berry grads.
Click here to read Pulliam's report.
The database provides school-by-school data from other counties and charter schools, plus provides for interesting comparisons of universities.
For instance: When my son was graduating in 2007, the word at his school was that UNC Chapel Hill was tough to get into but easy to stay in, while N.C. State made it easy to get into but hard to stay.
Turns out they were right: State admitted 62 percent of applicants, with Chapel Hill took only 34 percent. But just over 20 percent of Wolfpack students left before their second year, and only two-thirds graduated within five years. At Chapel Hill, only 3 percent were gone by second year, and 84 percent had graduated in five years.
Click here for the UNC-system database.
- Ann Doss Helms