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Erasing boundaries between K-12 and higher education

Date Published: 08/16/2012


Last week South St. Paul Public Schools superintendent ?Dave Webb announced a partnership with Inver Hills Community College (IHCC) that will allow high school seniors to graduate with an associate degree at no cost and without ever leaving the high school grounds.

Growth & Justice has long been advocating for more seamless transitions all along the education pathway, with high-quality early childhood education aligning with early grades, for instance. And this kind of innovation at the other end of the pipeline is the kind of effort needed to achieve the goal of a significantly higher postsecondary completion rate by the end of this decade.

At least three distinct advantages stand out.

Doug Binsfeld, Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at IHCC, attributed the success of the alignment to South St. Paul


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