NACEP Webbytes: Home School Students-Providing Early College Access for All Populations
February 26 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The growing trend in home education of school-aged children (ages 5-17) compels an important discussion on providing early college access for this increasing population. Statistics provided by the National Center for Education Statistics indicate that over 1.5 million students were home schooled during the 2007-2008 academic school year. By academic year 2011-12, that number had grown to include over 3% of the school-aged population. In Arkansas, the home-school population has steadily grown over the last decade. In fact, the home-school population would rank as the 2nd or 3rd largest school district in the entire state if gathered under one administration.
The home-school population in Northeast Arkansas is quickly becoming an important component of the Arkansas State University Concurrent Enrollment Program. These students are typically well-prepared for college level work and are overall very successful in our program. Providing additional support for this population through open-houses, registration assistance, and planning for a seamless transition from home-schooling to the college academic environment presents both challenges and opportunities for assisting this population in securing a successful start in their college career. We hope you will join us for this interesting topic.