Early colleges are intended to serve students from populations typically underrepresented in college and to prepare those students with the academic skills and dispositions to succeed in college. Another important attribute of early colleges is that they help students earn college credit during their high school years. Many such early colleges are located on college campuses. The author uses the story of a once wayward youth to illustrate that early colleges can work. Access the full article.
Developed in response to concerns that too few students were enrolling and succeeding in postsecondary education, early college high schools are small schools that blur the line between high school and college. This article presents results from a longitudinal experimental study comparing outcomes for students accepted to an early college through a lottery process with outcomes for students who were not accepted through the lottery and enrolled in high school elsewhere. Results show that treatment students attained significantly more college credits while in high school, and graduated from high school, enrolled in postsecondary education, and received postsecondary credentials at higher rates. Results for sub-groups are included.
North Carolina has established the largest number of Early College High Schools (early colleges) in the United States. Findings from a longitudinal experimental study of early colleges in North Carolina showed positive impacts for students. Read the brief for an overview of the North Carolina Early College High School model, the study's design, and the impacts on students.
Turning Around a Low-Performing High School: Learning fromthe Story of Jones
Senior High School
Turning around a low-performing school is complex and challenging work. This monograph tells the story of Jones Senior High School, a rural school that increased its achievement from less than 65% passing to approximately 90% passing. Included in this monograph are tips and tools that were developed by the principal and instructional coach who led the turnaround.
A Better 9th Grade: Early Results from an Experimental Study of the Early College High School Model
To increase the number of students graduating from high school prepared for college, North Carolina has established the largest number of Early College High Schools (ECHS) in the United States. According to 9th grade results from a rigorous, experimental study, North Carolina’s early college high schools are creating more positive school environments for students resulting in improved attendance, reduced suspensions, and increased numbers of students on-track for college. These schools are also successfully expanding the initial part of the college preparatory pipeline for students of all backgrounds.
Leveling the Playing Field: SERVE Study Show Early Colleges are Reducing Performance Gaps between Minority and Non-Minority Students
For more information, contact Dr. Julie Edmunds
Dr. Edmunds is Program Director for Secondary School Reform at The SERVE Center at
UNCG and Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Educational Research
Methodology at University
of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).