New Data Indicates MCNC Early College High Schools are Having Success with Traditionally Underserved Students

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Data reviewed by NCREST at Teachers College, Columbia University indicate that students graduate from MCNC high schools with a significant amount of college credits and successful results. MCNC Early College seniors graduated from high school having earned an average 2.77 college GPA and 34 college credits, the equivalent of one year’s worth of college coursework.

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Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, founder and Director of MCNC

An important key to student success in high school is their ability to take college classes and the support they receive from their high school teachers. The experience has opened up a new and exciting world.

Students from low-income communities and racial minorities that are traditionally under represented in higher education are experiencing success in Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) early college high schools. Data reviewed by NCREST at Teachers College, Columbia University indicate that students graduate from MCNC high schools with a significant amount of college credits and successful results

During the 2011-12 school year, MCNC supported 20 early college high schools, serving 6,821 students, with a racial make-up of 35% Hispanic, 32% Black, 21% White, 10%Asian and 2% Other. In 2011, 91% of the seniors graduated from high school having taken college courses. More importantly, MCNC Early College seniors graduated from high school having earned an average 2.77 college GPA and 34 college credits, the equivalent of one year’s worth of college coursework.

In a 'which came first' question, the chicken or the egg, it is not known whether the remarkable 92% attendance in MCNC schools led to the success of students in college classes or the experience of taking college classes led to the high attendance. What is known is that the mission of MCNC schools to prepare traditionally underserved students for college and create a culture of college going is succeeding. In the last year that statistics are available, the 2010-2011 school year, 90% of MCNC graduates were enrolled in a two or four year college. Students attribute much of their success to the support they received from their schools:

  •     86% of students reported receiving extra help with their schoolwork from school staff.
  •     87% of students reported receiving help from school staff in planning for college/career.
  •     88% of students reported discussing meeting their requirements for graduation with school staff.

Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, founder and Director of MCNC, stated that, “An important key to student success in high school is their ability to take college classes and the support they receive from their high school teachers. The experience has opened up a new and exciting world."

Middle College National Consortium, headquartered in New York City, is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain high school/college dual enrollment as a viable and necessary educational model. Middle College National Consortium’s mission is to develop small schools in which high school students, especially those who have been previously underserved by their former schools, can earn both a high school diploma and either an associate’s degree or transferable college credits upon graduation.

To learn more about the Middle College National Consortium, visit us at (http://www.mcnc.us/) for a comprehensive overview of our history, design principles, current work and achievements.
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Tony Hoffmann
Middle College National Consortium
O. 718-361-1981 X6
THoffmann (at) mcnc (dot) us
http://www.mcnc.us

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