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[s14] Kruse Report: Early College High Schools
Start Date: 7/17/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/17/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Since its inception in 2002, the Early College High School Initiative has grown tremendously with the help of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and many other organizations. Now, there are more than 230 early colleges across 28 states serving 75,000 students. So what are Early College High Schools?

 

They are small schools designed to provide students with an opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree or up to two years of credits toward a bachelor’s degree. These schools’ primary focus is to serve children from low-income families, first-generation college goers, English language learners and students of color, all whom are statistically underrepresented in higher education. Although the schools focus on serving underrepresented students, Early College High Schools were created to improve education for all students.

 

Over the past decade, the importance of graduating college has grown significantly. Early Colleges are responding to this idea by helping young students bridge the gap between secondary and postsecondary education. Early College also helps address skyrocketing college costs by saving families two years’ worth of college tuition. When students graduate they will have received an associate degree or have completed over 20 college credits toward obtaining a bachelor’s degree at another college institution of their choosing. 

 

In Indiana, there are more than 20 Early College programs all across the state. They’re located in cities like Evansville and South Bend, as well as smaller communities like Clayton and Washington. Many local readers may be aware of East Allen University High School in Fort Wayne.

 

Similar to all Early Colleges around the country, Indiana’s programs are partnered with college institutions to help with policies, curriculum and support services for students. Vincennes University, Ivy Tech Community College, University of Southern Indiana, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Anderson University are some of our institutions that help their local high schools with these unique programs.

 

Early Colleges are a positive approach to improving education for students because they give them an alternative to traditional high schools. Studies have shown that every student’s learning abilities differ, and since these types of schools focus heavily on student support and academic preparation in postsecondary education, they offer a very unique opportunity for students who want jumpstart their future.  

 

What do you think?

 

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Contact Information:
Name: Brady Hagerty
Phone: 317-232-9425
Email: bhagerty@iga.in.gov
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