Restructuring the High School-to-College Transition

The College in High School Alliance (CHSA) has released a series of resources focused on providing design principles for policymakers at the federal level looking to expand support for college in high school programs like dual enrollment and early college.

Federal Design Principles are provided for:

Creating a Dual Enrollment State Grant Program

Proposes the creation of a grant program to provide states with funding to expand access to and success in college in high school programs for low income students and those underrepresented in higher education, and ensures states develop the holistic policy structures necessary to sustain expanded access beyond the end of the grant period. 

REACH: Restructure Education and Attainment of College and Career in High School

Proposes funding to states to empower states and districts to redesign their secondary education systems so that high school students have greater, more equitable access to portable, personalized postsecondary experiences and pathways in high school that lead to the attainment of degrees and credentials directly transferable to success in higher education, the workforce, and civic life. 

Early College Pell Proposal

In keeping with the Pell Grant’s original intent to increase college access and affordability for underserved populations, “Early College Pell” would unlock a funding stream to sustain and grow early college programs serving low-income students, thereby increasing students’ affordable access to college and their chances of success.

Supporting Dual Enrollment Teacher Credentialing

Proposes that Congress leverage existing federal programs under the Higher Education Act to support states in their efforts to expand the pool of credentialed teachers who are qualified to become dual or concurrent enrollment instructors, and may also consider a new program specifically designed to support instructor credentialing for dual enrollment.

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