The Woodrow Wilson
Early College High School Initiative
The Woodrow Wilson Foundation has developed a series of planning tools to enable potential partners to assess their own readiness for participation in the Early College initiative. These documents also convey the crucial elements of the Woodrow Wilson Early College partnership model.
Before creating a partnership
Developing an Early College High School requires extensive commitment and detailed planning among a group of committed partners, as the Preaffiliation Matrix indicates. The matrix outlines requirements a partnership must have in place to be ready to launch an Early College.
Download the Preaffiliation Matrix (PDF format)
Seeking support for an Early College High School
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Colleges and universities interested in developing an ECHS must submit a concept paper to Woodrow Wilson’s Early College team, based on considerations outlined in the Preaffiliation Matrix. Requests for proposals are available by invitation only. Interested parties should contact Rob Baird, Vice President for School-University Partnerships, to initiate discussions.
Partners' Roles and Responsibilities
Effective ECHS planning includes a highly structured series of commitments on the parts of all partners, as well as a budget prepared according to specific Woodrow Wilson grant guidelines and a clear timetable. A Woodrow Wilson planning overview delineates partners' roles and responsibilities.
As lead partners, the institutions of higher education engaged in creating a Woodrow Wilson Early College commit to continuous assessment, careful data collection, and periodic reporting. Woodrow Wilson has developed a description of the benchmarks for partners in each reporting period of the ECHS grant cycle.
To further aid in continuous assessment, Woodrow Wilson provides a self-study and documentation tool that Early College partnerships may use to review their alignment with the national initiative’s core principles.
Download the self-study (PDF format)