ERIC Number: ED338288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Running Start Program: Impact and Benefits from the First Year in Washington Community Colleges. Operations Report 91-4.
The Running Start (RS) Program was piloted at 5 community colleges and 36 high schools in Washington state during the 1990-91 school year. RS allows high school juniors and seniors to enroll in a community college for high school and college credit. A total of 358 students participated in the pilot program in 1990-91 and will participate again in 1991-92. Each student's high school reimburses the college a proportionate share of the district's state basic education funding. The five community college pilot sites were Walla Walla Community College, Pierce College, Skagit Valley College, South Puget Sound Community College, and Everett Community College. The program is scheduled to be implemented at all Washington community and technical colleges in 1992-93. To evaluate the program, separate surveys were sent to both 356 participating students and their parents. Surveys were returned by 236 students and 253 parents. Outcomes of the program included the following: (1) 50% of the RS students had at least one parent who had completed a bachelor's degree, and 80% of the students indicated intentions to transfer to a four-year school; (2) both students and parents reported that the college courses were more stimulating and worthwhile than the high school courses, and 70% reported "optimal" benefit from program participation; (3) 80% of the RS students completed at least one course each semester; (4) high school staff advocated increased funding to cover the new counseling workload; and (5) the RS program increased contact and communication between high school and college staff. Detailed data tables and the survey instruments are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.