The National Middle College High School Consortium Early College Initiative (NMCHSC) ISA    Clevaland  


What is the Middle College National Consortium?
The 25-year old Middle College National Consortium consists of a network of high schools across the nation, situated on community college campuses that provide under-performing youth with access to college. The Consortium supports these small schools in implementing six design principles that lay the foundation for an excellent education leading to postsecondary success. Students typically participate in both high school and college classes.

What are Early College High Schools?
Building on this history, the Consortium, with support from the Gates, Ford, and Carnegie Foundations, is taking this initiative to the next level. The Early College High Schools blur the border between high school and the community college to create “blended institutions” that offer a dual degree program. Taking a mixture of high school and college courses, students work to attain both a high school diploma and associates degree in five years. Students are actively supported and guided as they experience themselves as successful college-level learners. The schools are committed to working with students who have not traditionally thought of themselves as “college material,” and involve families and communities in the process.  Fourteen of these schools are open as of Fall 2006. A total of 30 of these schools are expected to open by 2007.

What is NCREST’s role?
The National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST), based at Teachers College, Columbia University, is a research partner of the Consortium.  Since 2002, NCREST has documented the design, development, and operation of the Consortium’s Early College High School Initiative to provide information that is used to strengthen its design and implementation.Specific projects have included analysis of students’ college transcripts, a survey of student beliefs, attitudes, and activities, the design of a self-assessment tool for use in school review, and the development of a process to improve math outcomes through a data-driven decision-making process.

Recent News and Publications

2006-07 MCNC Early College High School Students: Participation and Performance in College Coursework. Jennifer E. Kim & Elizabeth A. Barnett. (Revised April 2008).

NCREST co-hosts AERA off-site visit to Middle College-Early College High Schools (March 2008).

Building Knowledge in the Middle College National Consortium: Lessons from the Math and Data Use Project. Elisabeth Barnett & Kathryn Spence. (December 2007).

High School Students' Participation and Performance in College Coursework: 2005-06 MCNC Early College Students. Jennifer E. Kim & Elisabeth Barnett. (July 2007).

Highlights from the Middle-Early College Student Survey Report, 2005-06. Kathryn Spence & Elisabeth Barnett. (May 2007).

Supporting High School Students in the Transition to College. Kathryn Spence & Elisabeth Barnett. (February 2006).

Helping High School Students Succeed in College Classes. Elisabeth Barnett. (January 2006).


Barnett, E.A. (2006). Helping high school students succeed in college classes.

Barnett, E.A. & Spence, K. (2007). Building knowledge in the Middle College National Consortium: Lessons from the Math and Data Use Project.

Kim, J.E. & Barnett, E.A. (2007). High school students' participation and performance in college coursework: 2005-06 MCNC Early College students.

Kim, J.E. & Barnett, E.A. (2008). 2006-07 MCNC Early College High School students: Participation and performance in college coursework.

Spence, K. & Barnett, E.A. (2006). Supporting high school students in the transition to college.

Spence, K. & Barnett, E. (2007). Highlights from the Middle-Early College Student Survey Report (2006-06).



For more information, contact: Jacqueline Ancess, NCREST Co-Director ( or Elisabeth A. Barnett, NCREST Senior Research Associate (


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