The Middle College National Consortium’s work is built upon four design principles. Schools dedicated to providing a college experience for high school students are more successful when they commit to institutional growth in providing academic and social/emotional support for students, strong partnerships with their college and community partners, and systemic data-driven organizational improvement. Below is a short description of each principle. Schools can guide and track their progress on achieving mastery of these principles by using the Rubric found in our Resources.
College-Focused Academic Program and Support
A formal academic education plan, including high school and college courses, guides all students at MCNC schools to graduate from high school with significant college coursework completed and a toolbox of strategies to continue toward completion of a college degree.
Academic support ( tutoring, seminars, modeling, cohorts)guides students to optimal use of multiple resources and strategies.
Social/emotional support strengthens resolve, addresses social and emotional problems, and fosters outreach to appropriate advocates.
College organization skills including literacy and numeracy, time management, and reliable use of technology help students in their transition to college.
College Knowledge instills habits of self-advocacy and provides students with comfort negotiating the organization and culture of college life.