Academic landscapes are changing quickly and organizations need to make adaptations that keep them vital, growing and attractive to old and new members alike. Most importantly, they must remain relevant. With these thoughts in mind the Executive Board met at the Summer Conference 2013 and came to some difficult, but we feel exciting decisions about the Consortium’s future.
We discussed that we need to broaden our outreach to schools and programs that have a dual enrollment component, i.e. Middle Colleges, Early Colleges and High School Dual Enrollment programs. Our mission will be to support dual enrollment as a strategy for high school reform and as a major college and career readiness strategy. To get the word out we will be revising our logo, our web site and our membership requirements.
We have decided to reframe our Design Principles by simplifying them to four pillars for student success in college classes in high school:
• Deep Sustained Collaboration with college partners
• Aligned Academic Programs from the 9th grade through 60 credits
• Student Support appropriate to the needs of the subtends and the demands of the college
• Professional Development focused on the boundary spanning roles of high school and college staff who sustain the collaboration
These four pillars are supported and informed by student data on college success and student perceptions of their experience in Middle/Early Colleges and Dual Enrollment Programs.
We will be working on streamlining our membership application process that will include faculty ratification and college support so that it will survive changes in leadership.
Institutional collaboration is our niche and our strength and we will put that front and center in all of our work. It will be reflected in our communications and in our conference agendas.
To kick off our new focus, NCREST will look at the 8 years of data that we have and align it with our four pillars and provide a mechanism for emerging knowledge about our pillars at our Winter Leadership Conference. We will not have a traditional TA conference but use our aggregate data to inform our work more closely. The 2012-13 data will still be available for your schools at the winter conference
And with that in mind we share our new MCNC MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Middle College National Consortium is to increase the number of students nationally who have access to supported dual enrollment in Early Colleges, Middle Colleges and Dual Enrollment Programs.
• Providing leadership and Support for Continuous improvement in member schools and programs
• Providing Technical Assistance for new Early Colleges and Dual Enrollment Programs
• Collecting and Analyzing Data for School and Program Improvement and to validate the positive outcomes for students
• Providing cross-city and cross institutional learning opportunities about practices that result in increased college completion rates
• Ensuring that Student Voice informs school and program design through the use of student surveys and the Annual National Student Leadership Initiative
So that member schools and programs can develop and sustain a successful model of collaborative education that expands students’ future opportunities.