More than 35 national organizations join effort to advance policies that support dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early college high school opportunities
A new policy coalition launched on Capitol Hill today to advocate for policies that increase student access to high quality college options in high school including dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early college high schools.
The College in High School Alliance (CHSA), a coalition comprised of more than 35 leading national and state organizations, is committed to raising awareness and support for college pathway options that ensure students are more likely to graduate high school and persist to completion of a post secondary degree.
“Penn College continues to be a leader in applied technology dual enrollment and a supporter of CHSA. We have embraced the high standards espoused in our NACEP-accredited program, Penn College NOW, while engaging and inspiring students to explore and earn “degrees that work®,” said Davie Jane Gilmour, Ph.D., President, Pennsylvania College of Technology.
High-quality dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment and early college high schools offer opportunities for high school students to take college courses for college credit. Students who participate in these school designs are more likely than their peers to graduate high school, immediately enroll in a post-secondary institution and persist to completion.
CHSA advocates for greater support for these models at the federal, state, and local levels to significantly improve the secondary and post secondary outcomes of students, particularly those from low-income and middle-class backgrounds. Its goals include:
- Develop and advance a shared federal policy platform regarding dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment and early college high schools for the new Administration and the 115th Congress.
- Help states establish the policy environments to develop, strengthen and expand these unique learning opportunities for students.
- Raise awareness of dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment and early college high schools and their impact on student achievement.
- Marshal existing resources and cultivate new champions with diverse perspectives to support the growth of these programs.
“The Alliance will serve an important role in coordinating and enhancing the work of the many organizations that are interested in strengthening quality dual and concurrent enrollment programs,” said Adam Lowe, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), “I'm pleased by the wide range of partners who have committed to increasing these opportunities for students by participating in the Alliance."
CHSA consists of 35 national organizations committed to advancing the goals above. A steering committee comprised of Bard College, Jobs for the Future, KnowledgeWorks, the Middle College National Consortium, and the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships helps guide the work of the coalition.
About the College in High School Alliance
The College in High School Alliance (CHSA) is a coalition of leading national organizations committed to policies that support high-quality dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early college high schools. CHSA believes that greater support for these models at the federal, state, and local levels will significantly improve the secondary and post secondary outcomes of students, particularly those from low-income and middle-class backgrounds. The Alliance welcomes the participation of any organization supportive of these issues as an Associate Member by contacting Alex Perry of the Majority Group.
The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) is a membership organization that supports programs that successfully transition students from high school to college through college credit-bearing courses. We promote quality programming through national standards, accreditation, and professional development. Our members offer college courses to high school students through a variety of delivery methods and use a range of terms such as concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment, dual credit, and early college. NACEP's national network of 400 colleges and universities, 50 high schools and school districts and 25 state agencies and system offices actively share the latest knowledge about best practices, research and advocacy.
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