ERIC Number: ED388370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
1993-94 Running Start: A Progress Report to the 1995 Legislature.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.; Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
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 fall 1994, 5,334 high school students were enrolled in college classes through the program, representing about 4% of the total high school juniors and seniors in the state. The colleges are reimbursed by K-12 districts at a rate of $74 per credit in academic and $96 per credit in vocational programs. The fall 1994 Running Start students had the following characteristics: (1) 66% of the participants were attending college full-time; (2) 61% were female and 12% were students of color; (3) 48% were working part-time while attending, while 2% were working full-time; (4) 90% were taking academic classes; (5) 1% were disabled; (6) the average grade point average of program students was approximately 2.8, approximately the same as the average of regular college freshmen; and (7) low-income students appear to be less likely than higher income students to participate in the program, an issue which is being addressed by the provision of assistance for books and fees by two-year colleges. Recommendations by the Legislature to improve the program include defining 5 quarter or 3 semester credits as equivalent to 1 high school credit and providing financial assistance to participating high schools. Tables of student characteristics and numbers of students by high school district for 1993-94 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, High Schools, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Student Characteristics, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.; Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington