ERIC Number: ED466246
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Running Start: 2000-01 Annual Progress Report.
Hanson, Sally Zeiger
This document is a report on Washington State's Running Start program, which allows eleventh- and twelfth-grade high school students to take college courses for free at any of the 34 state community and technical colleges or at Washington State, Eastern Washington, or Western Washington universities. The program, which was started in 1990, is designed to reduce the amount of time students have to spend in college; consequently, the costs of attending college will also be diminished. The report shows that over $14.1 million dollars in tuition and fees were saved by students and their families in 2000-01. The program also saved taxpayers more than $28 million during the same time period. A total of 13,669 students participated in the program in 2000-01. Survey results show that: (1) 38% of Running Start participants worked part-time; (2) 58% were female; (3) 16% were students of color; and (4) 21% enrolled in vocational courses. In addition, most students who started at a community college felt well prepared for college-level coursework after transferring to a four-year institution. A University of Washington study on Running Start participants showed an average grade point average of 3.09 from Running Start students who transferred from a community college. (MKF)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.