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.

Dynamic School-College Partnerships

MCNC member schools depend on strong partnerships and collaboration with colleges to minimize the boundary between high school and college and lead their graduates to high quality educational and employment opportunities. 
  • A formal MOU that specifies the target population, defines each partner’s contractual obligations, ensures that all course offerings are transferable, and develops data-sharing agreements.
  • Shared resources, personnel, and organizational structures
  • Regular communication between partners
  • Shared data for continuous improvement and mutual benefit