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The Secret to Preventing Community College Dropouts? Start With Middle School


In Tennessee, the education system made headlines a few years back when the state announced the “ Tennessee Promise ”—an initiative granting thousands of high school students the opportunity to attend two years of free community college. And one district in particular, the Putnam County School System in Cookeville , decided to push student ownership over higher education learning even further—with an extensive, dual-enrollment college credit program for high schoolers.

To transform your school district, look outside the mainstream

The Christensen Institute

This prediction was built on the theory of disruptive innovation , which posited that early online-learning programs that got their start outside of mainstream classrooms—such as alternative schools or credit-recovery programs—would improve over time and get incorporated into mainstream courses. are using blended learning to disrupt the traditional classroom. percent between 2008 and 2014. For more, see: Transforming Thomas Jefferson’s successful education system.

Examples Of Innovation In Higher Ed–With A Caution

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I don’t follow higher education very closely, so this is all from 10 feet away. Competency-Based Education is something I’m hearing more and more about, which is neither bad nor good, but worth understanding more carefully.