Program to Improve Graduation

By creating a pipeline of school-linked professionals with competencies in public health across the country, CSHE’s Program to Improve Graduation offers a model for improving graduation rates in the U.S. with a priority focus on:

  • strengthening relationships between staff, students and their community;
  • enhancing organizational capacity to integrate public health into practice;
  • expanding internal and external partnerships;
  • strengthening stakeholder support for advancing shared goals;
  • improving schoolwide policies, practices, and procedures; and
  • improving the impact that program strategies are having on students.

Schools’ progress in institutionalizing practice and policy changes that reduce the impact of graduation barriers represents varying degrees of success along a continuum — from paradigm shifts among staff, to visible and palpable changes within the school building, to direct impacts on students inside and outside of the classroom.