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The way students progress from high school to college is in need of change. This paper examines five programs for student pathways and determines which have enough promise to merit consideration by policymakers. "High Schools That Work" prepares students for college by requiring them to take a minimum core of courses. "Tech Prep" includes formal articulation strategies, engaged learning, and other strategies. "Career Academies" are learning communities within high schools that prepare students for both college and career. "Middle-College High Schools" are schools on a college campus that serve at-risk students. "Dual-Credit Programs" discusses the opportunity for high school juniors or seniors who have completed most of their required courses to enroll in college-level courses. Based on the merits of the programs, this paper recommends the following: (1) Adopt a blended program of Career Academies, Tech Prep, and dual-credit programs; (2) create middle-college high school programs for at-risk students; (3) enact and fund programs that support creative, collaborative solutions at the local level; and (4) create a pathways commission in each state to provide leadership on strategies and to monitor policies for improving the connectivity between high schools and colleges. (Contains a short glossary and 19 references.) (WFA)

Descriptors: Career Academies, College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Dual Enrollment, Educational Change, High Schools, Higher Education, Post High School Guidance, Tech Prep

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Author: Pierce, David R.


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