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1 Early Colleges January 2014 Clara Haskell Botstein, Director of Early College Strategy | OSSE Conference Presentation

2 2 Bard Early Colleges meet a critical national need to rethink college preparation and the high school to college continuum OUR MISSION By offering public high school-age students a tuition-free college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences, Bard Early Colleges seek to raise the quality and standards of secondary education and enable students from all backgrounds to succeed in college, at Bard Early College campuses and beyond. THE PROBLEM The United States faces a crisis in the education of adolescents. This is evidenced by low high school graduation rates, high remedial education rates, and low college completion rates. A CRITICAL NEED The United States must better prepare motivated young people from diverse backgrounds to gain access to and thrive in challenging college classrooms.

3 3 Bard Early Colleges are rooted in three core principles 1 Inspire and prepare high school-age students to become engaged citizens and leaders across fields through a rigorous course of study that emphasizes critical thinking, writing, inquiry, and discourse 2 Improve college access, affordability, and completion for adolescents by allowing them to earn up to two years of tuition-free, transferable Bard College credits and an associate’s degree 3 Bridge the gap between high school and college by bringing the key characteristics of liberal arts college classrooms to public high school settings

4 4 Bard Early Colleges are innovative, academically rigorous public- private partnerships ABOUT BARD EARLY COLLEGES Bard Early Colleges provide students with a tuition-free liberal arts college course of study after the 9 th and 10 th grades. Bard College runs full-time, four-year early colleges in which students complete two years of college and an Associate in Arts degree as well as part-time, two-year early colleges in which students complete one year of college. Bard Early Colleges’ core elements include: tuition-free, credit-bearing college courses; liberal arts curriculum; college faculty; small, writing- intensive, discussion-based seminar classes; and robust student supports.

5 5 Where we have come and where we are going HISTORY AND GROWTH Simon’s Rock, the nation’s first private, residential early college, became part of Bard College in 1979, inspiring Bard to establish early colleges in a public school setting. Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Manhattan opened in 2001; BHSEC Queens in 2008; Bard Early College New Orleans in 2008; BHSEC Newark in 2011; and the Bard Early College at the Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy in Bard’s team is currently working to expand its network and to advocate for public policies at the local, state, and federal levels that support early colleges.

6 6 ADMISSIONS & DIVERSITY Students are selected through a qualitative and quantitative assessment process, with the goal of enrolling intellectually curious students from diverse backgrounds. Bard’s early colleges enroll diverse groups of students, many of whom are underrepresented in higher education 246 students 75% FRPL 131 students 87% FRPL 591 students 43% FRPL 601 students 23% FRPL

7 7 Bard Early Colleges have strong academic results HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE B.A. DEGREE ATTAINMENTA.A. DEGREE ATTAINMENT Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2012.

8 8 The Bard Early Colleges have received recognition and praise “A visit to Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) is a glimpse into the realm of the possible…One of the things BHSEC has shown is that kids from widely different backgrounds…can thrive in an intellectual environment that is much more intellectually demanding than your typical high school.” Bob Herbert Columnist, New York Times Barack Obama President, United States of America “We should also explore innovative approaches being pursued here in New York City; innovations like Bard High School Early College…that are challenging students to complete high school and earn a free associate's degree or college credit in just four years.” “Bard’s early colleges demonstrate how to increase quality and efficiency by breaking down funding and structural silos. Bard’s program is working – but its impact could be far greater if policy and funding incentives allowed it to be brought to scale nationwide.” U.S. Chamber of Commerce April 2013 Newsletter

9 9 Bard Early Colleges produce a strong return on investment Additional cost of early college Savings to students Savings to government Approximately $1,500-$3,000 annually per student above the cost of public high school (for two years of college and an A.A.) Up to approximately $27,200 for students at public colleges 1 Up to approximately $72,600 for students at private colleges 1 Thousands of dollars in savings from the faster time to degree, reduced remediation, and higher graduation rates. 1Based on two years of reduced schooling. Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2012.

10 10 Furthermore, Bard Early Colleges optimize public resources and reduce the cost of associate’s degrees Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2012.

11 Allow state and federal funding for higher education, such as Pell grants and tuition assistance, to go to early colleges. Create dedicated funding for early colleges, drawing from new or existing secondary or postsecondary funding streams. Because of the cost savings, efficiency, and improved outcomes, investing in early college is a policy solution with bipartisan appeal. POLICY SOLUTIONSADDITIONAL COSTS OF EARLY COLLEGES 11 The problem: no dedicated public funding for early colleges College professors Student supports Small classes Textbooks, science equipment, library

12 12 The Bard Early Colleges aim to improve college preparation and success nationally by supporting the growth of early colleges Improve college completion rates Save money for students and taxpayers Help peer institutions establish early college programs Catalyze systemic improvement in 9-12 teaching and learning Create the policy conditions necessary for early colleges to grow and thrive Develop a sustainable, excellent, scalable network of Bard Early Colleges


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