This book is a retrospective of research done on Syracuse University Project Advance® (SUPA) since its inception in 1973. SUPA is a concurrent enrollment program that provides high school students with the opportunity to enroll in college courses for credit. Students take SU classes in their own high school and can transfer credits earned into the colleges where they later matriculate. Through its ongoing research exemplified in this book, SUPA continues to develop and maintain the highest quality of concurrent education to prepare students for successful college completion. This book provides a solid reference for administrators, students, and faculty of colleges/universities and high schools who are interested in developing and/or evaluating their own concurrent enrollment programs.
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By Dennis Waller
Jun 2, 2010
As a director of a concurrent enrollment program (CEP), I have to say from the beginning that this is a must read for every administrator involved with a CEP whether at the college/university or high school. The long-term consistent research is interesting and the issues with comparisons timeless. The Humanities professor in me cannot resist reading this book as a story. The story involves the character of Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) which has created a demonstrated instructional method for upholding academic integrity for the teaching of basic college courses in the high school setting. Each chapter develops the character of SUPA further as a method of quality instruction is created over time, beginning in 1973 and continuing today, that demonstrates ongoing consistent results as noted by the research in nearly every chapter. The story is magnified by issues and questions (i.e., role of senior year, transferability, grades, tuition cost, etc.) important to SUPA, and... More > every other CEP in the development of its own story via multi-year research that provides answers to ongoing issues and questions. Of special importance to the story were the SUPA course comparisons to Advanced Placement (AP) which noted course results for CEP students were equal and in many cases higher than AP results. The task of each CEP and administrator is to create its own story. This book provides an important guide to every CEP as it does just that - moves forward in story creation. Read the book - the story is great!< Less
In the interest of full disclosure, I note that I am a coauthor on the last two papers of this edited volume. OK, so those pieces are wonderful, but I write to communicate to you that the rest is even better … and if you’re one who is interested in concurrent enrollment programs, this is a must read. This work lays out the purpose, benefits, and challenges of concurrent enrollment programs by tracing the story of the premier example of such programs: Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA). As the early chapters trace the origins of SUPA they reflect the timelessness of concurrent enrollment programs purpose: To challenge the high school student as she or he begins that the intellectual and emotional transition to college work and responsibility. Much of the core of the book is dedicated to papers that trace the development of a model of high school/college cooperation that works. “Works” has many meanings, so the articles reflect on the various ways in which the concurrent... More > enrollment model works, first and foremost for students, but also for high school teachers, high school administrators, and for the cooperating college faculty and administrator. Along the way, the “it works” metric is measured in absolute terms and in relative terms. In the absolute much evidence is presented to support the case that concurrent enrollment students get a good education and are successful in receiving college recognition for that achievement. In the relative, the concurrent enrollment model is contrasted with AP to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each model. Of fundamental importance to the concurrent enrollment model is that the high school/college relationship is an ongoing partnership in the development of students, not an arm’s length producer/consumer model in which high schools produce test scores and colleges consume these scores. If you want to see the lay of the concurrent enrollment landscape, this book is indeed a must read.< Less
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