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ERIC Number: ED458914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Running Start Research and Discussion.
Meld, Andrea
This report discusses several studies of Running Start, a dual-enrollment program for high school juniors and seniors in Washington. The program was created in 1990 by the Washington State Legislature to expand educational choices for high school students. In 1991-1992, there were less than 1,000 students participating; in 1998-1999 there were more than 12,500 students. Thirty-two community and technical colleges and three universities participate in the program. Highlights of this report include: (1) A statewide study indicated that 73% of students enroll in the program to earn college credits, 64% to save costs of taking college courses, 60% to "take responsibility" for their own education, and 58% to be in class fewer hours during the day; (2) At the University of Washington (UW), Running Start students tended to have somewhat higher high school GPAs point averages and SAT scores than freshmen as a whole; (3) At UW, 54% of Running Start students were white, 26% Asian, 3% Hispanic, and nearly 2% African American--a diversity similar to the entire freshmen class; (4) Statewide, Running Start students enroll in social sciences (24%), English and speech (21%), humanities (18%), math (11%), and science (8%); and (5) Better communication between community college advising and university advising and between high school counselors and community college advisors is needed. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Washington