Community Colleges and Partnerships Essay

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In Barnett and Hughes’ (2010) article that focuses on the “three important milestones” that lead to college completion, the authors dissect the best practices used across the country by colleges and high schools to get their students on the track to success in college. They found that dual enrollment of classes, which occurs when high school students are allowed to take college courses at the same time, and earn college credit upon completion, addresses the three main milestones identified. Dual enrollment also adds value for students and assists in helping students become acclimated to college. Although some states have restrictions on who can take dual enrollment, (ex. Must have a 3.0 GPA) the focus seems to be shifting away from those …show more content…
In Barnett and Hughes’ (2010) article that focuses on the “three important milestones” that lead to college completion, the authors dissect the best practices used across the country by colleges and high schools to get their students on the track to success in college. They found that dual enrollment of classes, which occurs when high school students are allowed to take college courses at the same time, and earn college credit upon completion, addresses the three main milestones identified. Dual enrollment also adds value for students and assists in helping students become acclimated to college. Although some states have restrictions on who can take dual enrollment, (ex. Must have a 3.0 GPA) the focus seems to be shifting away from those restrictions to target the populations that may not have been interested in post-secondary education (Barnett and Hughes, 2010). Barnett and Hughes (2010) found that the reach of dual enrollment was significant, as of 2002-2003, with over 800,000 high school students enrolled in these services. The reach doesn’t stop there with the most popular offering, because there are other effective services such as summer bridge programs and early and middle high schools, which are both able to encompass the three milestones Barnett and Hughes (2010) define. Their focus for the early and middle schools led to statistics that showed about 42,000 students were enrolled in these schools in 2008-09, and found little to no achievement gap between minority
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