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New Publication by Researchers from Teachers College and Rutgers University Outlines the Benefits of Dual Enrollment Programs like MCNC

“Dual Enrollment: A Strategy for Educational Advancement of All Students” is a thoroughly researched publication of the Blackboard Institute that rigorously documents the benefits of dual enrollment, the name given to programs like those offered by the Middle College National Consortium that allow high school students to enroll in both high school and college courses simultaneously. Middle College National Consortium’s dual enrollment program not only allows students to experience college early, and take more challenging courses, but also is a way to assist students to go to college who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Read more

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

Professor Larry Cuban Featured at MCNC’s 17th Annual Winter Principal’s Leadership Conference

Middle College National Consortium, a leader in the movement to establish and sustain high school/college dual enrollment, held its 17th annual Winter Conference in Newport Beach, CA. Dr. Larry Cuban, Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University, and Dr. Cecilia Cunningham, founder and president of the Middle College National Consortium, lead the conference with presentations and workshops on the roles of a principal, managing change and instructional leadership and improving instruction within schools. Read more

Leader in School Reform MCNC Hosts Prestigious Leadership Conference February 10

The 2011 MCNC Winter Principal’s Leadership Conference will focus on the relationship between improved leadership, instruction and college readiness, including high school dual enrollment. Education leadership and the theory of change will be subjects of the keynote address to be delivered by Dr. Larry Cuban, Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University. Read more

Professor Larry Cuban will Keynote MCNC’s Leadership Conference

The Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) will hold its 17th annual Winter Principal’s Leadership Conference from February 11, 2011 to February 13, 2011 at the Newport Beach (CA) Hyatt Regency. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Improving College Readiness by Focusing on Instruction” and will be keynoted by Dr. Larry Cuban, Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University. MCNC is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain dual enrollment as a viable and necessary educational model. Read more