Increasing College Readiness

Over the past three years, the Center for School Change has been working closely with 6 urban St. Paul, MN public high schools (4 district and 2 charter).  Working with them, we have helped produce triple digit gains in enrollment in dual credit courses.  Students who took these courses for college credit had an overall completion rate of 82%.

 

Goals

We have been helping each school to develop:

-More dual credit courses, where students earn both high school credit and free college credit at the same time (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College in the Schools, Project Lead the Way, etc.)

-More student enrollments in dual credit courses (20% increase overall, plus at least 50% of juniors and seniors taking dual credit)

-More of a college-going culture amongst students, staff, and families

-Better offerings and school culture to ensure that their graduates do not need remedial education upon enrolling in a postsecondary program

 

Funders

This project was funded through the generous support of several local foundations: Otto Bremer Foundation, St. Paul Foundation, Travelers Foundation, & Frey Family Foundation

 

Jennifer and Khalique at school board

Two Saint Paul Public School students presented to the Board of Education on their experience in the ICR project.

 

Partner Schools

AGAPE High School (Saint Paul district school)

Gordon Parks High School (Saint Paul district ALC)

Creative Arts High School (Saint Paul district ALC)

Open World Learning Community (Saint Paul district school)

Community of Peace Academy (charter public school)

Higher Ground Academy (charter public school)

The vast majority of students at each school are students of color and those from low-income families.

 

Strategies

The following is a partial summary of activities employed in this project to help the schools “Increase College Readiness:”

-Provide time, resources, and assistance for each school to plan how to best achieve the goals of project.  This included each site choosing which type (or combination) of dual credit programming would be best to serve their school community.  A workplan was created with each school.

-Provide resources for high school faculty to receive any necessary training or professional development.  This included things like AP trainings, and/or meeting over the summer with college faculty.

-Facilitate meetings with students and families to communicate dual credit opportunities and their potential benefits.

-Assist the high schools with creating a direct partnership with a local college to offer concurrent enrollment courses.  Provide resources to cover the start-up costs of these initiatives

 

 

ICR Report, February 2015

ICR report Feb 2015

 

ICR report Feb 2015

 

In the news

 

Articles in the Pioneer Press:

http://www.twincities.com/education/ci_23076316/homeroom-collaborative-effort-gives-high-school-students-better

http://www.twincities.com/News/Breaking/ci_27149750/Dualcredit-program-boosts-college-goals-of-St-Paul-students

Pioneer Press Editorial:

http://www.twincities.com/Opinion/PP%20Editorials/ci_27230018/Editorial:-Dual-benefits-from-dual-credit

Pioneer Press Op ed column:

http://www.twincities.com/Opinion/Columnists/ci_27209553/Joe-Nathan:-Early-encouraging-results:-Dualcredit-partnership-could-help-close-achievement-gap

Pioneer Press Letter to the Editor:

http://www.twincities.com/Opinion/Letters/ci_27224492/Letters-to-the-editor-for-Dec-30-2014

Blog post in Pioneer Press:

http://www.startribune.com/local/blogs/286248171.html

 

Article on MinnPost:

http://www.minnpost.com/learning-curve/2015/01/dual-credit-programs-are-pushing-low-performing-students-complete-high-school

 

Blog post in the Star Tribune:

http://www.startribune.com/local/blogs/228031221.html

 

Article in Spokesman-Recorder:

http://spokesman-recorder.com/families-urged-to-learn-more-about-pseo/

 

 

 

2-min. Interviews with students involved in this project

Check out three brief (2 min.) interviews with students from two of the schools in this project that serve ‘alternative’ students.  College level courses need not be limited to only the “high-flyers”!

 

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