Over 250 early college stakeholders from across the Commonwealth convened in Boston on March 23, 2017, to celebrate the progress and success of pioneering early college efforts in the state and lay out the path forward for the Massachusetts Early College Initiative.
Executive Office of Education
Department of Higher Education
Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
Chair, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Also seeking to scale up, Massachusetts is looking to experienced states like Texas, Utah and North Carolina for a blueprint
“This is designed...to provide students who may not see college in their future with a pathway to get ready for college.” —Secretary Peyser
targeting students underrepresented in higher education
that are well integrated and aligned with college and career
in both academics and advising
through workplace and experiential learning experiences
between high schools and colleges
To determine if there was an evidence base to support policy action and, if so, to identify the best approach to move forward, in 2016 the Barr Foundation supported a thorough research effort by an independent consulting organization, Parthenon-EY. In coordination with a steering committee of leaders of the state education system and a working group of representatives from EOE, DHE, DESE, and the field, the Parthenon study, completed in December 2016, found support for the creation of a state-funded early college designation and laid a foundation for the policy.
Today there are approximately 27 early college programs operating across the Commonwealth. Leaders of these programs stress the need to offer students increased support, higher engagement, and a direct link to individual college and career aspirations.
Senior Advisor & Co-founder of Pathways to Prosperity Network, Jobs for the Future (Moderator)
Dean of Academic Support and College Pathway Programs, Bunker Hill Community College
President, Northern Essex Community College
Director, Marlborough High School STEM Early College Program
Executive Director, New Heights Charter School of Brockton
Terrific panel discussion on Early College from great educators, totally focused on students' educational experience & their success #ecil17— Mass Biz Roundtable (@MABizRoundtable) March 23, 2017
The vision for growth and sustainability of high-quality early college partnerships connecting our state’s districts and high schools with our state’s colleges will require commitment and coordination among government and educational leaders.
Executive Director, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy (Moderator)
Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Higher Education
House Chair, Joint Committee on Education
Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
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