What the Free College Movement Can Learn From Kalamazoo
Michelle Miller-Adams, Washington Monthly
Free college is a powerful concept, and it can boost enrollment and completion when the proper supports are in place.
In the 14 years since the announcement of the Kalamazoo Promise, the program has reached more than 6,000 students. Almost 90 percent of the Kalamazoo school district's graduates head to college or another form of postsecondary training. Of the district’s graduates, 50 percent complete a postsecondary degree or credential within 10 years of graduating, up from 40 percent before the program.