Early College Folio


The first public, tuition-free Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) opened in Brooklyn in 2001. Today, an entire network of Bard Early Colleges operates in partnership with public school systems to offer students affordable access to higher education in a cohesive, engaging environment. Simultaneously, alternative takes on early college (Early College High Schools, dual enrollment, early entrance) have proliferated across the United States, providing even more opportunities for younger students to earn college credit.

In December 2022, the author, Dean of Bard Early College, sat down with Bard College President Leon Botstein to examine how the pandemic made new demands of educators everywhere. Together, they looked ahead to the next two decades of public early college, taking a closer look at some limiting and unexamined assumptions about adolescent education, equity, and inclusion, and predicted the ways Bard Early College can meet the academic, social, and developmental needs of current and future students.



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