MA Early College Community of Practice

Design Principles


Under the Early College Designation put forth by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) and Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (BESE), approved designated early college programs in Massachusetts will align with the following design principles:


Icon showing balanced scale1. Equitable Access

targeting underrepresented students in higher education


Icon showing balanced scale2. Guided Academic Pathways

that are well integrated and aligned with college and career


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in both academics and advising


Icon showing balanced scale4. Connection to Career

through workplace and experiential learning experiences


Icon showing balanced scale5. Effective Partnerships

between high schools and colleges