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EARLY COL L EG E EXPANSI ON PROPELLING STUDENTS TO POSTSECONDARY SUCCESS, AT A S C H O O L N E A R Y O U

By Michael Webb, with Carol Gerwin MARCH 2014

ABOUT TH E AUTH ORS Jobs for the Future works with our partners to

Michael Webb is associate vice president of the

design and drive the adoption of education and

High School Through College team at JFF, and led

career pathways leading from college readiness to

the Early College High School Initiative’s capacity

career advancement for those struggling to succeed

building work, including the Student Information

in today’s economy.

System.

WWW.JFF.ORG

Carol Gerwin is a writer and editor with JFF’s

Early College Designs enable all students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and one to two years of transferable college credit, tuition free. Early college schools predominantly help lowincome youth, first-generation college goers, English language learners, students of color, and other

Communications team. She has covered critical education program and policy issues for 20 years as a journalist and a contributor to national research organizations, including Education Development Center and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.

young people from backgrounds underrepresented in higher education. These designs represent a bold approach to high

ACKNOWL EDGEMENTS

school reform, based on the principle that academic

We would like to thank the Bill & Melinda

rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time

Gates Foundation, the 13 original intermediary

and money, is a powerful motivator for students to

organizations of the Early College High School

work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges.

Initiative, and all of our early college partners

Early college schools blend high school and college

for making these designs, and their success, a

in a rigorous yet supportive program, compressing

possibility, and now a reality. Thanks to our JFF

the time it takes to complete a high school diploma

colleagues: Joel Vargas and Richard Kazis for their

and the first two years of college.

review and comments, Steven Baker and Danita Jo

Early College Design Services builds on more than decade of Jobs for the Future’s experience

Talbot for their direction, Sophie Besl for editorial support, and Rochelle Hickey for graphic design.

as a strategic partner with school districts. We help district leaders assess challenges and identify cost-effective school designs, practices, and professional development tailored to local needs. We provide districts with training, tools, and advice that transform schools serving young people underrepresented in higher education. WWW.JFF.ORG/EARLYCOLLEGE

PH OTO GRA PH Y © 2008 David Bin der, A la meda Sc ien ce a n d Te chno l o gy Insti tute Earl y Co l l e ge Hi gh Scho o l

TA BLE O F CON T E N T S INTRODUCTION: BEATING THE ODDS FOR LOW-INCOME YOUTH

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DESIGNING FOR SUCCESS: PROVIDING SUPPORTS FOR ALL, COLLEGE FOR ALL

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College Immersion

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Engaging Instruction

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Support Services

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A DECADE OF SUCCESS: INCREASING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION, COLLEGE COMPLETION

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High School Graduation Rates

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College Credentials Earned in High School

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College Credits Earned in High School

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College Enrollment After High School

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College Persistence

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BUILDING ON SUCCESS: BRINGIN