July 4, 2014 - "Early College" high school students in North Carolina are experiencing higher levels of success than many of their peers at traditional high schools, according to research conducted by Dr. Julie Edmunds at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).
Edmunds has been tracking the progress of early college students since 2006 and has found positive impacts at the high school and college levels. In her study, 86 percent of early college students enrolled in college compared to 65 percent of the control group.
Stokes Early College High School Principal Steven Hall said he had seen similar success in the last two graduating classes.
"Stokes Early College just graduated our second class," he said. "Out of the total 54 students 45 went on to further their education with the other 9 either entering the military or workforce."
Edmunds has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to conduct additional research into the success of early college students at higher education institutions. Early data suggests these students will outperform traditional high school students at the post-secondary level.