B-BC’s NAASE Program Helps Found Early College Consortium

Jan Warren, Administrator, Student Programs

The Belin-Blank Center’s Jan Warren, Student Program Administrator, recently traveled to Boston for a meeting of the newly-formed National Consortium of Early College Entrance Programs.

The National Consortium of Early College Entrance Programs was formed in 2010 to invite collaboration, model best practices, and provide clarity while raising awareness about the traditional mission and purpose of early college entrance programs.

The ten founding members of the Consortium are:

  • The National Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (NAASE) at The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center
  • Boston University Academy of Boston University
  • Bard College at Simon’s Rock
  • Advanced Academy of Georgia at University of West Georgia
  • Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center, University of Washington
  • Early College at Mary Baldwin
  • Early Entrance Program California State University, Los Angeles
  • The Clarkson School, Clarkson University
  • The Early College at Guilford College
  • Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science at the University of North Texas

Although the institutions vary widely in size, structure, etc., they share the following important commonalities:

  • Selective admission
  • College level courses at earlier than traditional age
  • College level courses taught by college credentialed faculty
  • Many students are ready for college studies at an earlier age
  • Responding to an unmet need for acceleration
  • Cohort of intellectually curious students
  • Structured student life experience (more than college, less than high school)
  • Distinctive governance and funding models
  • Specialized support – advising and counseling

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