Two Hundred Educators From Across The Country Take Part in JAM Sponsored by a Coalition of Educational Institutions entitled “Scaling the Best of Middle Colleges"

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On November 2nd educators from across the country were brought together by a coalition of educational institutions, online, to identify the most compelling scalable practices that enable underserved youth to succeed at challenging college coursework. Chief among the Jam members' recommendations is that dual enrollment, coupled with intense, consistent and competent academic and personal support, be available to all students.

Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham

We know that Early College High Schools work for traditionally underserved youth by providing supported dual enrollment. . Completing college courses while still in high school is a clear college readiness indicator that can be adopted now.

In the first ever JAM for Early College practitioners across the country, organized by a coalition of educational institutions, over 200 participants worked to identify the most compelling scalable practices that enable underserved youth to succeed at challenging college coursework. Chief among the Jam members' recommendations is that dual enrollment, coupled with intense, consistent and competent academic and personal support, be available to all students. This is especially true for "first in the family to attend college," because Early Colleges have substantial evidence that this combination provides students with skills they need to handle college work. Early Colleges are taking steps to track students beyond graduation, to look at transfer, completion and employment outcomes to further bolster the case for early and supported engagement with college level academics.

The JAM’s sponsors include The-Middle College National Consortium (MCNC), The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, North Carolina New Schools Project, University System of Georgia, Early College Design Services/Jobs For The Future, Gateway to College National Network, and Texas High School Project. Early College schools provide underserved students with a college preparatory experience, which includes rigorous high school and college classes (dual enrollment) that give high school students a head start on a college degree. They also give students extensive social and academic support as well as providing the opportunity for high school and college faculty to align curriculum and collaborate pedagogically.

Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, founder and executive director of the Middle College National Consortium, commented that “We know that Early College High Schools work for traditionally underserved youth by providing supported dual enrollment. . Completing college courses while still in high school is a clear college readiness indicator that can be adopted now by school districts.” JAM participants spoke to the critical nature of forming partnerships between higher education and secondary education schools and finding ways to control costs. They noted that it is important for policy makers to recognize the long run cost savings of dual enrollment resulting from reduced drop outs, eliminating the need for remedial education, and increasing college graduates.

For more information contact:
Adana Collins (acollins(at)mcnc(dot)us) at MCNC or
Doris Reeves-Lipscomb (dreeves-lipscomb(at)kpublic(dot)org) at KPI

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