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Perspective | Attainment for All: Postsecondary Pathways — The early college high school model

The early college high school (ECHS) model is a postsecondary attainment strategy with a uniquely robust evidence base of research that demonstrates its effectiveness. ECHSs provide policy benefits that include:

  • Making progress toward postsecondary attainment goals;
  • Narrowing higher education equity gaps; and
  • Reducing student loan debt.

Despite the proven track record of success, many states either do not offer ECHS opportunities or have a limited number of programs. However, two states — North Carolina and Texas — have created a framework that has allowed for the widespread implementation of the ECHS model. Although the ECHS model is driven by partnerships between district leaders and presidents of institutions of higher education (IHEs), such agreements will only flourish in states where the right policy incentives and structures are in place. In many states, existing policies on dual enrollment funding, educator licensure, or credit transfer may pose barriers to the adoption of ECHS agreements. This issue brief will serve as a guide for policymakers who are interested in identifying factors that may be preventing their state from adopting, strengthening, or scaling the ECHS model.

Javaid Siddiqi

Former Virginia Secretary of Education, Dr. Javaid Siddiqi is the President and CEO of The Hunt Institute. Most recently, he served as the Director of the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows, which partners with senior-level political leaders who have the knowledge, skill, and will to be effective, reform-minded education policymakers at the state level. Under his leadership, the national, nonpartisan Fellowship has garnered praise from former governors and generous financial support from major funders across the country.

James Mikolowsky

James Mikolowsky joined the Hunt Institute in August 2018 as a Policy Analyst. In this role, he conducts research on higher education policy issues and provides analysis to the Institute’s policymaker audiences through a variety of written publications. Mikolowsky previously worked at the Data Quality Campaign, where he analyzed postsecondary data policy and tracked state legislative trends. He also spent time in the United States Senate working to advance policies that provide support to underserved student populations. He is a graduate of Pomona College in California, with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis and Political Science. He enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors.