Albany – The State University of New York recently
announced 11 early college high school partnerships across New York State, and on Monday, Feb. 22, the programs, which will accelerate high school
graduation for students while also providing them with an opportunity to earn
college credits, were officially launched at an event hosted by Hudson Valley Community College.
District and school leaders were joined at the
event by partnering colleges and universities, as well as representatives from
SUNY, the Governor’s Office, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, EdWorks, and
the State Education Department, to begin the development of programs that.
“What makes this initiative especially unique is
that it makes college a reality for those students who are at-risk of dropping
out of high school and are historically underrepresented in college,” said SUNY
Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “It is a giant leap toward advancing SUNY’s
commitment to working with our partners in schools and communities to
strengthen the education pipeline from cradle to career.”
The development of Early College High Schools is an
important strategy for creating a seamless educational pathway for students to
succeed in college and future careers," said Johanna Duncan-Poitier, the
Chancellor's Deputy for the Education Pipeline. "Systemic partnerships
between Pre-K-12 schools and colleges and universities have the power to
improve student outcomes, especially in our most challenged schools, and
transform education for the 21st century."
The Smart Scholars initiative, which is designed
to increase high school graduation and college completion rates for
disadvantaged students, has been made possible by a $6 million grant from The
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The inaugural cohort of middle and high
students will begin in the Early College High Schools in September 2010.
of the 11 early college high schools are SUNY partnerships. In addition, SUNY,
in collaboration with EdWorks of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been selected to
facilitate the development of the Smart Scholars programs statewide. SUNY
campuses partnering with this initiative include University at Albany, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Erie County Community College, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, Monroe Community College, College at Old
Westbury, Onondaga Community College, Schenectady County Community College, and Westchester Community College.
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in the United States, educating nearly 465,000 students in 7,669 degree and
certificate programs on 64 campuses. To learn more about how SUNY creates
opportunity, visit www.suny.edu
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