Thanks to the Facebook post from friend of the Pundit and writer extrodinare Maggie Lee, we have this story about the Doughtery County Board of Education extending and expanding a lease with Albany State University to house 8th-11th grade students and enroll them in classes with Albany State while still in high school.
According to the school system’s website, the Albany Early College initiative is the result of a longstanding partnership between the DCSS and ASU. The AEC opened its doors in 2008 to serve as an extension program for middle schools in the school system and is designed so that students may earn both a high school diploma and up to two years of credit toward a bachelor’s degree.
AEC’s priority is to serve low-income students, first-generation college students, English language learners and students of color, all of whom are statistically under-represented in higher education, and for whom society has low aspirations for academic achievement.
In an era where high school diplomas are required but almost meaningless for job training, it is great to see an innovative partnership to make students’ time worth something material. The state BOE should take a hard look at this program for lessons learned, good and bad, and see how it can be expanded across the state.
Cue John Konop now to remind us that he’s been begging for this kind of program for years.