ERIC Number: ED477830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Overcoming Senior Slump: The Community College Role. ERIC Digest.
The high school curriculum in the U.S., especially during the senior year, tends to lack in academic intensity. This document argues that not only are high school seniors not being challenged during their senior year, but they are also not preparing for college during that time. A wasted senior year, or "senior slump," can result in negative social and economic consequences for students during college. Senior slump may also be contributing to the rising numbers of students who must take remedial courses in college. A study conducted by Adelman (1999) found that the strongest indicator of whether a student earns a bachelor's degree is the level of academic rigor in his or her secondary education. Cooperative programs between the secondary and post-secondary institution, including concurrent enrollment and middle college high schools, as well as distance courses designed by community colleges and delivered to high school students, can help to combat the problem. Middle college high schools are high schools that are fully housed on the campuses of community colleges or universities. These schools specifically target students who are at-risk for dropping out of high school. Community colleges are involved in a variety of these programs that provide opportunities and incentives for high school students to engage in rigorous coursework. (Contains 12 references.) (NB)
Descriptors: College Bound Students, College Preparation, Community Colleges, Distance Education, Dual Enrollment, Grade 12, High Risk Students, High School Students, High Schools, Institutional Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Two Year Colleges
ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, University of California at Los Angeles, 3051 Moore Hall, P.O. Box 951521, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1524. Tel: 310-825-3931. For full text: http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/ERIC/eric.html.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.