Lack of college readiness is a national problem and is directly related to the preparation students receive—or do not receive—in high school. Linking high schools to nearby universities and community colleges creates the pathway to success for low-income and minority students who might otherwise never get the opportunity to attend and graduate from college.
Through CTAC’s Enhanced Dual Enrollment (EDE) model and targeted technical assistance, CTAC brings together the faculty from the high school and professors from the colleges in a collaborative environment that results in college level curriculum offerings specifically tailored to the students needs.
CTAC provides guidance regarding program structure, professional development, structural agreements, budgeting, funding stream options and other critical components to get the program fully up and running.
The structure is simple but the results are powerful as the curriculum offering of the colleges are directly matched to the instructional needs of students.
Four key outcomes of the EDE engagement include:
- Assessment with Guidance: Students receive from the high school faculty clear information starting in the 10th grade about whether they are on track to being ready for postsecondary education using state test results and college entrance exams. This is coupled with guidance about what they can do to become college ready.
- Sequenced, Selected Dual Enrollment Courses: Higher education and high school staff work with individual students to identify the dual enrollment courses and course sequences most likely to prepare students effectively and efficiently for college success that are aligned with students’ current abilities and academic and career aspirations. This leads to a sequence of courses allows students to acquire the kinds of knowledge, skills, key cognitive strategies, and dispositions that will increase their chances of college success.
- Dual Enrollment and Transition Advisement: Informed by the data above, staff will provide information to school-based partnership teams about the most appropriate dual enrollment courses and course sequences. Counselors, college liaisons, and faculty will use that information to help students develop individualized education plans that include enrollment in high-value dual enrollment courses.
- Supplemental Instruction: Students traditionally underserved in college, especially lower- and middle-achieving students, receive supplement instruction underpinning the other course work.