CELL at UIndy

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning

With Early College High School, students earn a high school diploma while also earning up to two years of credit toward a bachelor’s degree, the Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC), a technical certificate, or an associate degree. See below for a description of each pathway:

STGEC: The Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC) consists of 30 semester hours of credit, the completion of which at one Indiana public institution means it can transfer as a block and count as satisfying the STGEC at the receiving institution (also must be in Indiana). The STGEC is based on competencies and learning outcomes in six areas, grouped under two categories:

Foundational Intellectual Skills

  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Written Communication

Ways of Knowing

  • Humanistic and Artistic
  • Scientific
  • Social and Behavioral

Schools are advised to check courses against the most current Core Transfer Library (CTL) to ensure that courses satisfy STGEC requirements. In addition, if a student does not complete the full STGEC, coursework will be articulated on a course-by-course basis at the receiving institution.

Associate degree: There are three different types of associate degrees – the Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), and Associate of Applied Science (AAS). Both the AA and AS prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree, and the AAS is intended for students who will be pursuing employment immediately after graduation. All associate degrees require 60 credits.

Students and school staff are advised to check with your higher education partners to determine which associate degree pathways are available.

Technical certificate: A technical certificate is earned in a specific career pathway (e.g., Early Childhood Education, Welding, etc.) and is a qualification indicating that a student has acquired specific knowledge and/or skills and has passed a test or series of tests. Technical certificates are typically earned in CTE pathways.

While all of these options can save students time and money, it is essential that students understand that transferred credits can impact both grade point average (GPA) and financial aid eligibility. Students are advised to discuss their dual credits earned with their receiving institution’s admissions or Registrar’s office.

CELL Early College Designation and Curricular Pathways

Early College must adhere to the eight Core Principles that serve as the framework for the planning and implementation of this school model. The principles ensure that each school maintains the highest academic and/or training standards while providing enhanced support to promote student achievement. To be designated an Endorsed Early College, schools must attain a 4 or 5 rating on the appropriate rubric (see EC Network Resources). See below for the description of each of these for Curriculum & Plan of Study for Traditional and CTE Schools:

 

Traditional Early College

Rating

4

5

Pathway The STGEC may be completed by students. The course offerings are communicated to students and parents.

Students may earn the STGEC certificate or an associate degree. These course offerings are widely communicated to students and parents.

Dual Credit Offerings

Curriculum has been reviewed and aligned HE partner so that the 30 credits of the STGEC are available. Curriculum has been reviewed and aligned with HE partner that the 30 credits of the STGEC and/or the 60 credits for an associate degree are offered. The master schedule has been refined to accommodate the EC program.

Placement & Supports

A timeframe for using the placement test multiple times during the EC program is developed and implemented. Information from the placement test is also used to counsel students as they move through the EC program. A process for determining students’ placement in dual credit courses has been implemented & refined in collaboration with the HE partner. Supports are provided to students needing assistance with being qualified to enroll in dual credit courses.

Early College – Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Rating

4

5

Pathway

A technical certificate may be completed by students. The course offerings are communicated to students and parents, and at all home/sending schools. Students may earn a technical certificate or an applied associates degree. These course offerings are widely communicated to students and parents, and at all home/sending schools.

Dual Credit Offerings

Curriculum has been reviewed and aligned with higher education partner and home/sending HSs so that a technical certificate is available. Curriculum has been reviewed and aligned with higher education partner and home/sending HSs so that a technical certificate and/or an associate’s degree are offered. The master schedule of the career center and home/sending HSs have been refined to accommodate the EC program.

Placement & Supports

A timeframe for using the placement test multiple times prior to and during the EC program is developed and implemented. Information from the placement test is also used to counsel students as they move through the EC program. A process for determining students’ placement in dual credit courses has been implemented and refined in collaboration with the HE partner. Supports are provided to students needing assistance with being qualified to enroll in dual credit courses.

*Information adapted from TransferIN, a website from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

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