MCNC is committed to enabling all students to attain high standards. This requires attention be paid to students’ academic and affective needs. Students need to be known well and recognized for who they are. The MCNC model combines challenge and support, fostering growth in every student. Research has demonstrated that these supports are critical.

Academic Support should be:

  • Provided by subject area
  • Mandated initially
  • Evaluated by tying it to student outcomes
  • Incorporate meta-cognitive skills

Social/Emotional Support should:

  • Orient students to the demands of college
  • Provide peer group activities (e.g. peer study groups)
  • Use college students as role models and mentors
  • Recognize and address student needs including family, work, financial pressure, etc

College Organization Skills should:

  • Be intentionally taught before enrollment in college classes
  • Be practiced in a class concurrent to college course taking
  • Be recognized as important as academic skills

College Knowledge should:

  • Include applications, portfolio building, financial aid, registration processes, college services
  • Be intentionally taught across the high school curriculum
  • Be practiced through the dual enrollment process

The College-High School Collaboration should:

  • Build a student support system based on each institution’s strengths
  • Should provide the opportunity for institutions to learn from each other