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This progress report analyzes the outcomes of the Running Start Program, part of Washington's 1990 "Learning by Choice Law," which was designed to expand educational options for high school students. The program qualified high school juniors and seniors to take college-level classes at the state's community and technical colleges and earn credit concurrently in college and high school. The report finds that the GPA for Running Start students in two-year institutions was about 3.12, while the average for all two-year students was 2.99. The demographic statistics for Running Start for fall 1999 were as follows: (1) 59% female; (2) 15% ethnic minorities; (3) 2% were students with disabilities; and (4) 42% of the students worked part time and 1% worked full time. The University of Washington reported that Running Start students who transferred to the university: (1) achieved a GPA of 3.0, the same as entering freshmen; (2) 86% of the Running Start students continued at the university the following year; (3) 41% of the Running Start students who entered the university in 1993 graduated within 4 years, compared with 31% for regular students; and (4) Running Start students who entered the university in 1993 graduated with a GPA of 3.4, compared with a GPA of 3.1 for regular freshmen. (NB)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Annual Reports, College Programs, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Followup Studies, Grade Point Average, High School Students, Outcomes of Education, Success, Technical Institutes, Transfer Rates (College), Two Year Colleges

Author: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.


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