ERIC Number: ED390486
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Running Start: 1994-95 Annual Progress Report.
The Running Start program was created by the Washington State Legislature in 1990 to allow qualified 11th and 12th grade high school students to take college-level courses at community and technical colleges. In the 1994-95 academic year, 7,418 high school students were enrolled in college classes through the program, representing about 3% of the total high school juniors and seniors in the state. The colleges were reimbursed by K-12 districts at the rate of $75 per credit in academic programs and $96 per credit in vocational programs. The 1994-95 Running Start students had the following characteristics: (1) 68.8% of the participants were attending college full-time; (2) 61% were female and 13% were students of color; (3) 45% were working part-time while attending, while over 2% worked full-time; (4) approximately 85% were taking academic courses; (5) 2% were disabled; (6) the average grade point average of program students was 2.8, slightly above the average entering freshman grade point average; and (7) 202 former participants enrolled in the University of Washington (UW) in fall 1994. Recommendations for program improvement include making additional resources available to high school advanced placement programs and providing counseling for Running Start students. Tables of student demographics, unduplicated headcounts and annual full-time equivalents per district, and program students' characteristics and first year performance at UW for the fall 1994 and 1995 are included. (TGI)
Descriptors: Acceleration (Education), Advanced Placement, College Bound Students, College Credits, College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Dual Enrollment, Grade Point Average, High School Students, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Student Characteristics, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.
Note: For the first Annual Report, see ED 338 288; for the 1993-94 Report, see ED 388 370.