Solving the Dual Enrollment Staffing Puzzle: Strategies from the Early College Expansion Partnership
A growing number of young people are taking college courses in high school, as districts expand dual enrollment in an effort to increase postsecondary readiness and success. A shortage of qualified instructors, however, could slow down the spread of this proven strategy for postsecondary readiness. There are no simple solutions, and early college leaders find themselves weighing various staffing options.
Most students in Bridgeport, Connecticut come from low-income families, a group that has struggled historically to complete high school and enter college. Bridgeport’s school and workforce leaders saw that students had the potential to benefit greatly from better preparation in STEM subjects through early college pathways. Bridgeport takes its first steps toward redesigning and improving the educational experiences of these students, ensuring that student experiences are connected to college-level work and real workforce needs in the region.
Leadership Lessons from the Early College Expansion Partnership
Early college high schools have raised high school graduation and college success rates for students from underrepresented groups for 15 years, and education leaders nationwide are now scaling up early college designs in efforts to improve the performance of entire school systems. This brief explores the leadership practices responsible for spreading early college districtwide in South Texas and Denver through the Early College Expansion Partnership, led by JFF and Educate Texas and funded by a five-year federal Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) grant.
I’ve been waiting 15 years for this moment. On January 24th, my home state, Massachusetts, submitted a proposal to the annual joint meeting of the Boards of Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education to establish career-focused early college high schools. Early colleges are schools or programs within schools designed to enable students to take college-level courses in high school for free.
This guide was developed by Jobs for the Future and the College in High School Alliance. The CHSA is a coalition of leading national organizations dedicated to promoting policies in support of high-quality dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early college schools. The work of the CHSA is coordinated by a steering committee comprised of Jobs for the Future, Bard College, KnowledgeWorks, the Middle College National Consortium, and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).
A growing body of research has consistently suggested that providing opportunities for high school students to take college courses is associated with increases in college enrollment and completion. Education leaders have responded. For well over a decade, state and federal policymakers have promoted dual enrollment through strategies such as creating or expanding funding streams for dual enrollment and early college schools, as well as mandating that local education agencies (LEAs) make available a defined amount of dual enrollment (and/or AP and IB) options.
Global software company SAP has developed an innovative approach to corporate social responsibility. In order to maximize its impact and prepare the next generation of STEM professionals, SAP created education initiatives in major cities across North America between high schools, postsecondary institutions, local SAP offices, community-based organizations, and other key municipal stakeholders. These unique partnerships work collaboratively to innovate STEM education and prepare students for a range of future careers as STEM professionals and entrepreneurs.