MA Early College Community of Practice

in partnership with

2022 Early College Program Spring Convening
Session Recordings and Materials

April 26, 2022

9:00 -
9:45 a.m.

Opening Session

Welcome - Dr. Kristin Hunt

State of MA College Enrollment

Nyal Fuentes, College and Career Specialist, DESE
Pierre Lucien, Office of Planning and Research, DESE

Learn about MA college enrollment data indicating summer melt is real and something we need to plan to help students avoid. Given that early college programs serve underrepresented students, in addition to the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, bridges to support our students are going to be critical.

9:45 -
10:30 a.m.

Supporting Success for Early College Students

Speaker: Dr. Julie Edmunds

Program Director for Secondary School Reform
at SERVE Center at University of North Carolina - Greensboro

As early colleges are intended to serve students who might otherwise struggle to go to college, these students may need additional supports to find success, not only in the early college program but as they continue onto college after graduation. This presentation will share lessons learned about effective student supports, building on data from early college implementation efforts across six states. Dr. Edmunds will also share findings about the impact of early colleges on postsecondary outcomes.

10:30 -
11:15 a.m.

Hearing from Early College Graduates: Our Reflections on the College Transition

Moderator: Chessye Moseley

Deputy Director, Massachusetts Alliance for Early College

In this session, we’ll hear from Early College graduates, now in college, who will share about their experience transitioning from high school to college – in particular, what supports were most helpful for them, and what advice they have for successful Early College transitions going forward. There will also be an opportunity to ask student questions directly.

11:15 -
11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tips from a College Registrar: Transferring EC Credits

Facilitator: Marjorie Ringrose

Director of Education, The Richard and Susan Smith Foundation

This session is focused on a core principle of Early College: ensuring Early College course credits transfer and count towards students’ ultimate major. Participants will hear best practices from UMass Lowell leaders Kerri Johnston and Mai Nguyen as Northern Essex Community College leader Marcy Yeager. They will share what can be done at the college, high school, and student levels to ensure EC credits transfer. This is an important session and we strongly encourage high school and college level leaders to attend. 

Call to Action: Ensure EC seniors get their transcripts to their receiving institutions.

12:00 -
12:45 p.m.

Creating a Bridge to Postsecondary Success for Early College Students

Adam Siedel, Managing Director of Program, OneGoal
Ainsley Robles, Senior Director of Program, OneGoal

Research indicates that 10-40% of students who graduate high school with every intention of enrolling in postsecondary that fall, fail to enroll. Of those who do, many don’t make it past the first year or complete a degree. This is especially true for low-income students and those most underrepresented on college campuses. For the last 15 years, OneGoal has been supporting students from high school through their first year of college. Participants will leave with tangible and practice-tested suggestions for how high schools and colleges can work together to limit summer melt and ensure student success!

We hope you enjoyed the 2022 MA Early College Spring Convening!

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