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High School/Dual Enrollment Programs: Testimony Before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor

Michael Webb

In testifying before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor, JFF Associate Vice President Michael Webb built upon the experience of the Early College High School Initiative, a national effort to significantly increase the number of underrepresented students who attain a college degree.

Early college schools are small schools designed so that students can earn both a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit or an Associate’s degree. According to Dr. Webb, “The early evidence indicates that early colleges are fulfilling their mission. By changing the structure of high school, compressing the number of years to a college degree, and removing financial and other barriers to college, early college schools will increase the number of underrepresented youth who attain a postsecondary degree.”