Access to Success in the Urban High School: The Middle by Harold S. Wechsler

By Harold S. Wechsler

This attention-grabbing background of 1 university innovation recounts the painstaking labours of these keen to assist at-risk formative years reach our complicated society. Harold Wechsler examines the center collage move by means of concentrating on a quarter-century of progress on the first heart university. began in 1974 at LaGuardia neighborhood collage in long island, this winning replacement university has because been greatly replicated and tailored in the course of the nation. a person drawn to the techniques of academic reform will locate this attractive tale and Wechsler’s in-depth coverage research to be crucial examining.

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In 1972, Baird Whitlock, Hall’s successor at Simon’s Rock (1972–1977), announced a new baccalaureate program that admitted students after 10th grade. That program, wrote one observer, was essential. “Without it, the college was an expensive private liberal arts junior college at a time when such colleges were closing for lack of students” (Levine, 1978, p. 384). But enrollment problems persisted. Some parents preferred to defer high tuition charges; students hesitated to leave high school after finding their social niche, school administrators feared “creaming,” and Simon’s Rock confronted high attrition rates associated with transfers to other colleges (Levine, 1978).

A. at their own pace without an admissions hurdle at the end of the 12th year. The designers “expected” all students to take the five-year sequence. “To realize the full benefits of the five year program,” stated one document, “candidates should seriously consider admission to LaGuardia as their immediate college goal” (Agenda, 1973, attachment 2, p. 1). But the school would award the high school diploma at the end of the 12th year, thereby permitting students to remain at LaGuardia or to apply to other colleges, including any other CUNY unit.

New programs of study may enhance this concept within other specializations, such as the technologies and the human services field” (Board of Higher Education, 1968, p. 110). While at Kingsborough Community College, Joseph Shenker noted the value of clinical placements for nursing students. Could this arrangement, he asked during the planning for LaGuardia, be applied across the board? Shenker listed co-op among contemplated “signatures” for the new community college—a list that also included large interdisciplinary divisions (which quickly folded) and community service.

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