A discussion of continuing higher education, adult education, training,and related--and some unrelated--Tennessee topics.
Continuing education into the high schools
This is dual enrollment, of course, but what's interesting is that the high school seems to be on the semester system and the university on the quarter system. The high school students have a longer time period to complete the classes--which means that when two students start freshman composition in the fall, one at the high school and one at UW, they complete the courses at different rates. Which is fine and all but probably difficult to administer. I hear Registars softly sobbing. From the Seattle Times.
The grades Beatrice Wambui earns in her high-school history class already transfer directly to her University of Washington transcript — even though she's still a Kentlake High School junior — through a decades-old program called UW in the High School.
Thanks to an expansion of that program, Wambui and her Kent School District peers may now earn not just a smattering of college credits during high school but enough to eventually graduate from college in just three years.
"We're just thrilled," Edward Lee Vargas, the district's superintendent, said at a news conference Friday. "As a former UW student, I'm especially thrilled and excited."
The UW partnered with the Kent School District to create this opportunity, the UW Accelerated Program, building on the older program, which reached more than 2,700 students statewide last year.
Kent students who enroll in the Accelerated Program — now accepting applicants — will complete a 45-credit program, rather than a few college-level classes here and there.
David Szatmary, UW vice provost for educational outreach, said he plans to expand the program to other Washington school districts in 2012.
Ain't just a term in football. The rates in Tennessee, and actually all over, should be better. From The Tennessean. College completion rates in Tennessee unacceptable, report says
While state efforts have helped boost college readiness and access to higher education, college completion rates remain “unacceptably low,” according to a report released Wednesday.
On average, less than 45 percent of students at Tennessee two- and four-year public colleges complete their degrees, according to Complete Tennessee’s “Room to Grow” report.
The low completion rates — Tennessee ranks 38th in the nation in public university graduation rates and 40th in community college graduation rates — could have repercussions for students and employers.
Students who don’t complete their college degrees are more likely to incur debt and have lower salaries and a lower quality of life, said Kenyetta Lovett, executive director of Complete Tennessee, a non-profit focused on increasing postsecondary access a…