ERIC Number: ED409047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Running Start: 1995-96 Annual Progress Report.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.
Created in 1990 by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, the Running Start (RS) program allows eleventh and twelfth grade high school students to take college-level courses tuition-free. In 1992-93, the first full year of statewide implementation, approximately 3,508 students participated in the program, while that number increased to over 8,600 students by 1995-96. Research indicates that 59% of the 1995-96 RS students were female, 14% were students of color, the average credit load taken by the students was 9-10 credits per quarter, and the students' average grade point average (GPA) was 2.8. The 400 RS students who transferred to the University of Washington during fall 1995 had an average GPA of 3.03 and averaged 15 credits per quarter. Since K-12 funds are used to pay for the students in both their high school and college, RS saved Washington taxpayers approximately $14.1 million in 1995-96 and saved participants $6.6 million in college tuition costs. In response to K-12 administrators' concerns over the shift of funds and students from high school advanced placement programs to the RS program, the Board has recommended an increase of $3.6 million for the 1997 budget to help affected districts. Finally, in fall 1997 a plan will be implemented to reduce the high school credit awarded for completion of college coursework. Data on RS enrollments and RS students entering the University of Washington are attached. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.