Starting Point
K-16 Convergence

School Administrator, November 2018


WHEN I WAS a high schooler in Auburn, N.Y., in the early 1970s, my school started a relationship with Syracuse University’s Project Advance to offer a couple of university-level courses to qualified students in the upper grades — perhaps in psychology and English. It marked the beginning of the formal dual enrollment movement involving secondary schools and nearby higher education institutions, at least in my corner of the world.

Today, as this issue of School Administrator reports, opportunities are widespread for high school students to concurrently collect academic credits toward a college degree. Project Advance, in its 46th year, now offers 58 university courses in about 20 disciplines on 242 school campuses.

Our coverage will give you insights into a few of the stronger dual enrollment programs, show how some schools are managing to provide the certified instructors to teach the college-level classes and illustrate a distinctive partnership between a community college and a rural school district in central Illinois.

The convergence movement also finds universities and K-12 education collaborating on research studies with practical implications. We feature one such joint project in which Syracuse University is helping address student equity issues in the Syracuse City School District.

Readers are welcome to react to these articles and to inform us about other unusual collaborations between school districts and nearby universities.


Jay P. Goldman
Editor, School Administrator
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