College stats in for Kalamazoo Promise’s first class

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Kalamazoo Promise officials have released the latest data showing how the Kalamazoo Public Schools’ class of 2006 is doing, according to MLive.

The Kalamazoo Promise provides funding for KPS graduates who attend public in-state universities, reports MLive.

According to MLive, the 2006 KPS graduates who were eligible for Promise funding have a higher college graduation rate than the nationwide average.

Data posted by MLive show that 92 percent of Promise-eligible students attended college, compared to the national average of 63 percent. MLive also reports that 36 percent of Promise-eligible students have received a bachelor’s degree by age 24, compared to the nationwide average of 23 percent.

SOURCE: MLive, “Kalamazoo Promise’s fist class outperforms national numbers on college completion,” Sept. 14, 2012
FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "The Kalamazoo Promise vs. School Choice," June 17, 2010