ERIC Number: EJ873940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 5
The Bridge to College Success: Community College/High School Collaboration
McCabe, Robert H.
Community College Journal, v75 n5 p28-32 Apr-May 2005
A very different world is evolving at a breathtaking pace. America's future is headed toward an information-based economy in which new jobs require some postsecondary education. The nation is depending on community colleges to be the linchpin to produce an essential, highly skilled workforce. However, America is not close to meeting that expectation. Far too few students complete high school, too few advance to college, and too many of those who do are academically deficient. Community colleges can not succeed if they wait until students enroll before addressing their preparation. Community colleges must work in concert with high schools to keep more students in school and prepare them for college success. The Bridge Partnership is a notable example of community college/high school collaboration. It is a project of the League for Innovation in the Community College, supported by Lumina Foundation for Education, and comprises 70 community colleges and more than 100 high schools. The goal is to increase the number of students who advance to and are successful in college. The efficacy of the project can only be demonstrated by longitudinal data, yet early results are encouraging. Developing a seamless education system is essential to meet the new education needs of the 21st century. Community college/high school partnerships, such as the Bridge Partnership, can be an important part of that new system.
Descriptors: High Schools, Community Colleges, College School Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Academic Persistence, College Preparation, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Two Year Colleges
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