Five Lessons on College Retention from Early Colleges

By Cecilia L. Cunningham President and Founder, Middle College National Consortium, and Roberta S. Matthews, Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Brooklyn College

Through the work of the Middle College National Consortium and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, we are learning about why early college students succeed in college. The intentional links between secondary and postsecondary education embedded in MCNC and WW early college high schools help underprivileged students not only get to college, but to succeed once they get there. We feel strongly enough about the importance of some essential early college practices to recommend them to post-secondary institutions that are committed to higher completion rates for first generation college students and other underserved populations… Read more

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