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College and Career Readiness through Blended Learning


It’s a question that looms large at this stage of education reform: How can the Commonwealth help more kids earn a college degree?

That’s a particular challenge for low-income students, who are less likely to enroll in the first place and more prone to drop out when they hit an academic bump.

One approach that has shown real promise is exposing students to college courses, and the college experience, while they are still in high school. Around the country, early college programs boost students’ interest in college and give them a head start on course work. The average participant accrues a semester’s worth of college credits by the time she or he graduates from high school. Read more here.

Excerpt: The Boston Globe Editorial, April 2017

6-2019_Investing in Early College

June 2019: by The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC)

8-2018_Dual Enrollment Good College Behavior for Some

August 2018: by Shalina Chatlani using data from the National Center for Education Statistics


September 2017: by Community College Research Center; Teachers College, Columbia University (View INTERACTIVE MAP to the right)

9-2017_What Happens to Students Who Take Dual Enrollment Courses in HS-Map by state

September 2017: by Community College Research Center; Teachers College, Columbia University INTERACTIVE MAP of FINDINGS

12-2016_Breaking down silos

December 2016: by Parthenon-EY Education practice Ernst & Young LLP

1-2016 WHat we know about transition courses

January 2016: by Community College Research Center; Teachers College, Columbia University

1-2015_Early College Designs-Achieving CnC

January 2015: by Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, INFOGRAPHIC

3-2014_Early College Expansion_ Propelling Students to Postsecondary Success

March 2014: by Webb, Michael with Carol Gerwin, Jobs For The Future

1-2014_Early College, Continued Success_ Early College High School Initiative Impact Study

January 2014: by Berger, Andrea, et al, American Institutes for Research

12-2013_Why Students Do Not Prepare for Math Placement Exams

December 2013: by Fay, Maggie, Susan Bickerstaff & Michelle Hodara, Community College Research Center

11-2013_Partners in Innovation_ How HS and College Are Improving Outcomes in San Diego

November 2013: by Coates, Joy & Michael Webb, Jobs for the Future

7-2013_Improving Students College Math Readiness-A Review of Interventions and Reforms

July 2013: by Hodara, Michelle, Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment

5-2013_Reshaping the College Transition_ States That Offer Early College Readiness Assessments

May 2013: by Barnett, Elisabeth A., Maggie Fay et al, Community College Research Center

3-2013_The Economic Payoff for Closing College-Readiness and Completion Gaps

March 2013: by Vargas, Joel, Jobs for the Future

10-2012_Taking College Courses in HS_ Strategy College Readiness-Dual Enrollment in TX

October 2012: by Struhl, Ben & Joel Vargas, Jobs For The Future

7-2012_Broadening Benefits of Dual Enrollment Reaching Underachieving Underrepresented Students

July 2012: by Katherine L. Hughes, Olga Rodriguez, Linsey Edwards and Clive Belfield, Community College Research Center, a James Irvine Foundation initiative

2-2012_What We Do Know About Dual Enrollment

February 2012: by Research Overview, Community College Research Center, Columbia University

3-2011_Making the Grade-TX Early College HS Prepare Students

March 2011: by Thad Nodine, et al, Jobs For The Future

4-2005_Dual Enrollment State Strategy to Increase Success for Underrepresented Students

April 2005: by Nancy Hoffman, Jobs For The Future