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Despite Improved Graduation Rates, City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Faces Faculty Unrest

For the past few years, Cheryl Hyman has been heralded as a leader in higher education for pushing reforms to increase the completion rate at Chicago’s community colleges.

Everyone from Bill Gates to President Obama has applauded Hyman, the chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago, for her work. After all, when Hyman left the corporate world in 2010 to start her tenure at City Colleges, student completion rates were in the single digits. They have doubled during the five years she’s served as the system’s leader.

But now her efforts are being scrutinized, especially after faculty members voted no confidence in Hyman earlier this month.