ERIC Number: ED314109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Symbiosis: The High School Partnership Program.
Sturtz, Alan J.
In summer 1987, South Central Community College (SCCC), in Connecticut, entered into partnership agreements with four school districts in its service region to permit high school juniors and seniors with a B average or higher to enroll in and obtain high school and college credit for any regularly scheduled credit courses, at no charge to the student or the district. Under the program, students are invited to register for courses after: they have been identified by a high school counselor, SCCC's president has contacted their parents regarding the program, an orientation session for interested parents and students is completed, and the applications and recommendations are submitted. In fall 1987, 142 students from eight high schools enrolled in 34 different courses at SCCC, with nine students enrolling in more than one course. While 54% of the students performed at a C level or higher, one-third either withdrew or did not come to classes. In spring 1988, 99 students, including 33 continuing students, enrolled at SCCC. Most of the students who did not return for the second semester of the program indicated that other responsibilities had become too great, that they could not work and go to school at the same time, or that they had achieved their academic goals. In fall 1988, the program enrolled 144 students, including 12 returning students. While at least 75% of the participants were female each term, the ethnic distribution of the participants shifted radically from semester to semester. In fall 1988, nine of the students who participated in the program during fall 1987 and/or spring 1988 were enrolled as either full- or part-time degree-seeking students at SCCC. Appendixes include the partnership agreement; sample letters; statistical data on enrollments, student characteristics, grades, and courses; the questionnaire used to survey non-returning partnership students; and a list of problems and issues. (WJT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Central Community Coll., New Haven, CT. Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Development.