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Article on Successful College Retention Practices to Be Published in Community College Week

Five Lessons on College Retention from Early Colleges, an article laying out the practices used in early college high schools that lead to student success in college, will be published today in Community College Week. The authors, Dr. Cecilia Cunningham and Dr. Roberta Matthews have a twenty-five year history of working together on high school/college collaborations.

Quote startThe intentional links between secondary and post secondary education found in Middle College National Consortium and Woodrow Wilson early college high schools help students not only get to college but to stay in collegeQuote end

New York, NY (Vocus/PRWEB) April 12, 2011

Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, founder and president of the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) , and Dr. Roberta Matthews, former Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Brooklyn College in New York City, announced that their article, Five Lessons on College Retention from Early Colleges, will be published in Community College Week this week. The article describes lessons learned on effective tactics to keep students in college by two organizations, The Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. “The intentional links between secondary and post secondary education found in Middle College National Consortium and Woodrow Wilson early college high schools help students not only get to college but to stay in college” notes MCNC president, Dr. Cecilia Cunningham.

The Middle College National Consortium and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation have opened, and supported, over fifty small early college high schools. Their high school students’ record of college GPA average, college course credit accumulation and college perseverance exceeds those of students from other schools with similar demographics. According to the article by Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Matthews, the five early college practices that have had the most influence on student success are:

  • Being on a college campus rather than transitioning onto one

    Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, President MCNC

  • Wraparound support and advocacy for students
  • No interruptions or diversions between graduating from high school and entering college
  • Building realistic understandings and expectations in students’ families
  • Strong alignment between high schools and colleges is seen as a given, not simply a goal

Dr. Matthews concludes by noting “Early Colleges succeed because they create an environment based on the presence of all the design features we have described. They promote the difficult dialogue among practitioners, on all levels, that result in substantive changes in education.”

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.

Contact information
Tony Hoffmann
Middle College National Consortium
http://mcnc.us
718-361-1981 X6
thoffmann(at)mcnc(dot)us

Water Sustainability: How We Live With Our Rivers Is the Focus of the Middle College National Consortium’s Annual Student Leadership Initiative

The Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) proudly announces that students from across the country are putting the final touches on their projects for the Middle College National Consortium’s annual Student Leadership Initiative. MCNC has become a national leader in school reform by implementing a school design that bridges the high school and college experience for underserved youth, leading to increased access to, and success in, college. A data driven, practitioner network of 34 small Middle College and Early College high schools nationwide, MCNC provides high school students with the opportunity to earn both their high school diploma and up to two years of transferable college credit upon graduating.

Long Island City, NY (Vocus) April 27, 2010

In anticipation of Early College Week and after months of preparation, the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) proudly announces that students from across the country are putting the final touches on their projects for MCNC’s annual Student Leadership Initiative. To be held from April 28 to May 1, the Student Leadership Initiative will focus on Water Sustainability: How We Live With Our Rivers. Greenville,  South Carolina’s partner Middle College High Schools, Greenville Technical Charter High School, Greer Middle College High School and Brashier Middle College Charter High School, in association with Greenville Technical College, are proud to be this year’s hosts.

Provocative projects on the subject include:

  • Fundraising to support Water of Life, an organization providing clean drinking water to countries of Africa
  • A mini-documentary outlining the impact of bodies of water, such as rivers, wetlands and tributaries, on our every-day living, as well as, community, social and cultural life
  • With the expected population growth in Denver, Colorado looming, a research study dealing with local efforts to conserve water
  • Research comparing two bodies of water in Brooklyn, one on the Superfund Clean-up list and the other a lake in Prospect Park, to demonstrate how it is possible to maintain clean water in an urban environment
  • Working with the Buffalo-Niagara River Keepers to clean up the shoreline of Cazenovia Creek to ensure clean drinking water from Lake Erie

Dr. Cecilia Cunningham, Founder and Director of the MCNC, states that “the value of the leadership initiative goes beyond merely bringing students together to develop leadership skills”. “It gives participants the opportunity to explore social, environmental and cultural issues”.  “They do this as they discover skills they never realized they had, demonstrate initiative and  develop critical thinking.”  “Students and teachers set high expectations for themselves and then strive to meet them. Entire schools often become involved in the projects, gaining research skills and eventually getting more involved in their communities.”
The Middle College National Consortium, headquartered in New York City, is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain dual enrollment, high school and college, as a viable and necessary educational model.  Its 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 the history, design principles, current work and achievements.
Contact information: Tony HoffmannMiddle College National Consortium http://mcnc.us    718-361-1981 thoffmann(at)mcnc(dot)us