Georgia State University is one of over 240 early colleges nationwide that will bring together students, administrators, parents, community leaders and legislators to celebrate Early College High School Week, March 25-30, 2013.
As part of the week’s activities, the Early College program at Georgia State, housed in the College of Education’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, will hold a forum for parents to discuss the program, participate in service projects and conduct random acts of kindness on campus.
“We are excited to participate in a national celebration of schools that promote excellence for all students,” said Tene Harris Davis, project coordinator for Georgia State’s Early College program. “The Early College program demonstrates to the nation that when provided the opportunity, students from all circumstances, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds can and will succeed in a rigorous educational setting.”
Early college high schools are based on the concept that academic challenge—not remediation—will improve both high school and college graduation rates among those young people who are least likely to attend college and for whom society often has low aspirations for academic achievement.
“Early college high schools help graduate more students from high school prepared for college and career success,” said Marlene B. Seltzer, CEO of Jobs for the Future, which leads the Early College High School Initiative. “These schools represent the bold approaches we need to ensure that all Americans receive the credentials necessary to obtain a family-sustaining wage.”
There are more than 240 schools nationwide in the Early College High School Initiative, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. These schools serve more than 50,000 students in 24 states. Their students are predominately of color, of low-income status, and often have parents who have never attended college. Despite those facts, 92 percent of Early College students graduate high school compared to the national rate of 69 percent, according to a 2009 Education Week report. Of those, 37 percent graduate with at least a full year of free college credit and 22 percent graduate high school with a diploma and an associate’s degree.
For more information about the Early College High School Initiative, visit www.earlycolleges.org.