• Revisit the purpose of early colleges are and how can we inspire and inform the students. 

    From TEA

    Early College High Schools (ECHS) are open-enrollment high schools that allow students least likely to attend college an opportunity receive both a high school diploma and either an associate degree or at least 60 credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree. Early College High Schools:


    • Enroll Historically underserved students, targeting at-risk and economically disadvantaged
    • Provide dual credit at no cost to students
    • Offer rigorous instruction and accelerated courses
    • Provide academic and social support services to help students succeed
    • Provide students with highly personalized attention
    • Increase college readiness
    • Partner with Texas institutions of higher education (IHEs) to reduce barriers to college access

     Meeting Notes:

    Dr. Slack: When I think of early college I think of dual credit. 

    Approach teaching instruction to high school environment with maintaining rigor. 

    Square: Review TEA ECHS page to discuss purpose. Review Blueprint Benchmark 1. Reviews Outcomes Based Measures for Access. Reviewed coding for At Risk.

    Update Talking Point: Inform and inspire HCC professors as well. 

    Khan: Talk to 8th grade deans. 

    Square: Recruit from middle schools with higher % of at risk students.

    Dr. Brooks: When we are doing events for incoming students, there is a heavier presence with partnering. Knowing we are targeting more at risk, we need to figure out how we are having some continuity between what happens at 8th grade bridge and how that information continues to be filtered to the students. They are overwhelmed and new to the campus but they may not have an HCC class until second semester. It is not relevant or urgent, it does not set it until right before they start HCC classes. The timeliness of when we dessiminate that information is critical. It is important we give it on the front end, our partnership needs to be solidified.