TO: John Carroll Faculty, Staff, and Administrators
FROM: John T. Day, Provost and Academic Vice President
DATE: September 5, 2012
SUBJECT: Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District – R.E.A.L. Early College High School
I am pleased to announce to the John Carroll University community the partnership with Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District creating the R.E.A.L. Early College High School. The memorandum of understanding was signed Tuesday, September 4, 2012, with Superintendent Douglas Hauer at the District’s September School Board Meeting.
In the fall of 2011 the CHUH City School District approached John Carroll about the possibility of partnering with them on the creation of an early college. Many of you will recall that during the last academic year, Lauren Bowen, Associate Academic Vice President for Student Learning Initiatives and Diversity, and Mark Storz, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, met with many academic departments and department chairs, individual faculty members, and administrators in the academic, student affairs, and enrollment divisions to explore the possibility of collaborating with the district. There was a positive response and the faculty endorsed the project in the spring of 2012.
This fall the R.E.A.L. Early College High School welcomed over 30 freshmen to the first early college class. The students will have the potential to complete all of their high school core requirements by the end of their sophomore or beginning of their junior year with the added potential of earning up to two years of college credit at JCU. We hope to welcome our first group of Early College students to campus in the Fall of 2014 or Spring of 2015.
According to the Early College High School Initiative “Early College is an innovative approach to educational reform based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges.” Early College will blend high school and college in a rigorous and supportive program compressing the time to complete a high school diploma and the first two years of college. The CHUH-JCU Early College will be the twelfth Early College in the State of Ohio and one of over 240 in 28 states across the country.
The CHUH Early College Program will be housed in the Provost and Academic Vice President’s Office under the supervision of Lauren Bowen. Mark Storz will serve as University Liaison for the project. Since faculty approval in the spring, Mark and Lauren have been serving on the district’s design team. To date we hosted a Bridge Program on our campus in August for the students, and we are developing a mentoring program where JCU students will mentor the CHUH students beginning in their first year in the program. This fall we will form a campus design team to work in tandem with the district as we prepare for the arrival of the Heights students in 2014 or 2015. If you would like more information about the Early College, or if you would like to participate in a campus design team, please contact Lauren or Mark.