Massachusetts Early College Initiative


What Is the Massachusetts Early College Initiative?

The vision of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) and Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (BESE) is for growth and sustainability of high-quality early college partnerships connecting our state’s districts and high schools with our state’s colleges. These partnerships will all be aimed at giving thousands of Massachusetts students, especially first-generation college-goers, access to college completion and career success.

Design Principles

Under the Early College Designation put forth by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) and Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (BESE), approved designated early college programs in Massachusetts will align with the following design principles:

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1. Equitable Access

targeting students underrepresented in higher education

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2. Academic Pathways

that are well integrated and aligned with college and career

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3. Robust Student Support

in both academics and advising

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4. Connections to Career

through workplace and experiential learning experiences

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5. High-Quality & Deep Partnerships

between high schools and colleges