What happens when you combine high school and college? The impact of the early college model on postsecondary performance and completion
Edmunds, J. A., Unlu, F., Furey, J., Glennie, E., & Arshaysky, N. (2020). What happens when you combine high school and college? The impact of the early college model on postsecondary performance and completion. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 42(2), 257-278. Article 0162373720912249. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.3102/0162373720912249
Early colleges are a new model of schooling in which the high school and college experiences are merged, shortening the total amount of time a student spends in school. This study uses a lottery-based experimental design to examine the impact of the model on longer term outcomes, including attainment of a postsecondary credential and academic performance in 4-year institutions. Results show that a significantly higher proportion of early college students were attaining postsecondary credentials. The results also show that early college students were completing their degrees more rapidly but that their performance in 4-year institutions was still comparable with the control students.