Harper College provost testifies to Congress about high school partnerships
Harper College Provost Judy Marwick testified this week at a House committee hearing in Washington, D.C. about the community college's dual credit efforts with local high school districts.
Marwick's testimony Wednesday at a House Education and Labor Committee hearing, "Innovation to Improve Equity: Exploring High-Quality Pathways to a College Degree," highlighted Harper's partnerships with three high school districts.
Called the Northwest Educational Consortium for Student Success, the Harper partnership with districts 211, 214 and 220 has led to an increase in the number of high school students taking dual credit college courses, rising from 1,100 students in 2012 to more than 6,000 students in 2017.
Marwick also recommended Congress adopt policies making Pell grants available to low-income high school students; establishing incentives for colleges and school districts to form partnerships to align curriculum, reduce remediation and offer dual credit courses; and reviewing student privacy regulations that can deter such partnerships.