MCNC Encouraged by Findings of November 2nd Jam: Taking the Best of Early College to Scale

Important findings from an analysis by MCNC and Knowledge in the Public Interest of a Jam that included two hundred participants from thirty three states include: • Early Colleges are scalable • Early Colleges are an effective model for helping underserved youth to graduate from high school and go on to college • There is no single Early College model but key attributes are shared


New York, NY (PRWEB) February 07, 2012

Dr. Cecilia L. Cunningham, Executive Director and founder of the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC), announced today that an analysis of the data from the November 2nd Jam, Taking the Best of Early College to Scale, confirms that there is considerable support by a wide array of educators for Early College as an effective model for helping underserved youth to graduate from high school and go on to college. Furthermore, Dr. Cunningham stated that “Early Colleges are scalable and the November 2nd Jam drew a roadmap for this scalability.” Key Findings of the report provided by MCNC and Knowledge in the Public Interest are:

o    There is no single Early College model but key attributes are shared
o    The variation among Early College programs reflect adaptability and may explain success
o    Early College advocates recognize that they must amplify the data that demonstrates the impact of their work
o    Beyond data, Early College advocates see that they must effectively articulate the exceptional benefits to be gained from Early College if they are to garner the social, policy, and financial resources necessary to sustain and scale these programs

The report emphasized that “Demanding academic work, coupled with effective supports, provide the environment in which low-income, underserved and first in family students can thrive. In the hands of an Early College, this formula provides students with the skills necessary to tackle college work successfully.”

The Jam, which, according to its organizers, is a structured conversation aimed at raising issues and surfacing ideas, was organized by Middle College National Consortium (MCNC), Knowledge in the Public Interest along with 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. Two hundred educators from thirty three states participated in the Scalability Jam. Dr. Cunningham noted that while there was general agreement among Jam participants that dual enrollment is recognized as a vital component of Early Colleges the strength of the model lies in the adaptability of the model to different states, institutions and systems.

Middle College National Consortium is a pioneer in developing small schools on college campuses where 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. MCNC, headquartered in New York City, is a leader in the movement to establish and sustain dual enrollment, in high school, as a viable and necessary college readiness educational model.
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