The Early College Philosophy

For every 100 low-income students who start high school, only 65 earn a high school diploma and only 45 will enroll in college. Only 11 will complete a postsecondary degree. High school graduates from poor families who score in the top testing quartile are no more likely than their lowest-scoring, affluent peers to attend college. The former enroll at rates of 78%; the latter at 77%.

The Early College model helps address these dismal numbers. It is centered on developing the opportunity to:

  • increase high school graduation rates and post-secondary entrance and completion rates,
  • remove major barriers to post-secondary access, and
  • ease the transition from high school to college.

Early college successes

The success of Early College programs is undeniable. According to Jobs for the Future, Early College high schools have a significantly higher graduation rate than the national average of approximately 72%.  VU’s Early Colleges share in this success; notably, Ben Davis University High School has graduated 100 % of its students every year since 2011.  And, the success of VU’s Early Colleges is especially noteworthy when considering the student population served: low-income youth, first-generation college goers, English language learners, students of color, and young people underrepresented in higher education.

Early College Savings

Early College high schools save considerable costs for the State of Indiana and students. Studies indicate that Early Colleges are a cost-effective way for states to improve college completion. In addition to decreased textbook costs, Early College students attain transferable credit at a fraction of the cost they would have paid at traditional public colleges in Indiana. Most importantly, students leave Early College programs with no debt.

The Early College Models

While the goals and rigor are consistent, the structure of the Early College model can be customized to the needs of a school corporation and its students. Currently, Vincennes University include stand-alone early college high schools models, an early college within a school model, a model in which the entire high school converts to an early college, and the career and technical early college model.

The following is a link to "Online College for High School" content found on the VU Distance Education web site: https://my.vinu.edu/web/distance-education/online-college-for-high-school-program

This page includes the Online College for High School Course Request Form in the "Quick Links" section.

 

Early College Site Contacts

 

Dual Credit Home Office

Heather Moffat, Sr. Director of Dual Credit Partnerships.....................................................812-888-4120

Dr. Nicole Shankle, Dean of Early College...................................................................... 812-888-4182

Troy Guthrie, CTE Communications Coordinator...............................................................812-888-4535

Kasey Miles, Dual Credit Program Coordinator................................................................812-888-5132

Amy Coots, Dual Credit Quality Assurance Coordinator................................................... 812-888-4086

Angela Rogers, Early College Office Coordinator............................................................812-888-4459

Becky Ice, Project EXCEL Office Manager..................................................................... 812-888-4344

Bethany Keller, Project EXCEL Office Coordinator...........................................................812-888-4844

 

Ben Davis University

  • Assistant Dean, Tieree Reid.............................................................................. 317-988-7861
  • Coordinator, Tracey Hart....................................................................................317-988-7865
  • Secretary, Brenda Yantis................................................................................... 317-988-7862

Center Grove Early College

  • Assistant Dean, Andrew Findlay........................................................................ 317-881-0581 ext. 4423
  • Coordinator, Kim Rodgers-Weeks...................................................................... 317-881-0581 ext. 4156
  • Secretary, Lorie Teike....................................................................................... 317-881-0581 ext. 4447

East Allen University

  • Assistant Dean, Odelet Nance........................................................................... 260-446-0240 ext. 7502
  • Secretary, Ashley Perkins................................................................................. 260-446-0240 ext. 7504

Lawrenceburg Early College

  • Assistant Dean, Tonya Mathis........................................................................... 812-532-3308
  • Secretary, Bonnie Kort-Teaney.......................................................................... 812-532-3328

Mt. Vernon High School
Assistant Dean, TBD.............................................................................................. TBD

 

North Side High School Early College

  • Assistant Dean, Odelet Nance........................................................................... 260-446-0240 ext. 7502
  • Director, Glenda Ervins..................................................................................... 260-446-0240 ext. 7503
  • Secretary, Ashley Perkins................................................................................. 260-446-0240 ext. 7504

North White
Assistant Dean, TBD.............................................................................................. 317-258-8920

 

Perry Meridian High School Early College


Tippecanoe School Corpration/Wildcat Creek

  • Assistant Dean, TBD........................................................................................ 317-258-8920

Vincennes Lincoln High School Early College

Wabash City Schools

Washington High School Early College

  • Assistant Dean, Tim Bauer                                                                         812-330-7730 ext. 42508
  • Coordinator, Dana Arvin.................................................................................... 812-254-8352 ext. 275

Area 30 Career Center

Area 31 Career Center

Central 9 Career Center

  • Assistant Dean, Andrew Findlay........................................................................ 317-881-0581 ext. 4423
  • Director, Kristin Conley.....................................................................................  317-888-4401

Elkhart Area Career Center

Hammond Career Center (ACCU)

  • Assistant Dean, Angela Watson......................................................................... 219-933-2428 ext. 2038
  • Secretary, Melissa Benavidez............................................................................ 219-933-2428 ext. 2032

Heartland Career Center

Hoosier Hills Career Center

  • Assistant Dean, Tim Bauer................................................................................ 812-330-7730 ext. 42508

McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology

New Palestine High School
Assistant Dean, Brent Stocksdale...................................................................... 317-964-8036

 

Porter County Career Center

  • Assistant Dean, Angela Watson......................................................................... 219-933-2428 ext. 2038
  • Director, TBD...................................................................................................... 219-531-3170

Prosser Career Center

River Forest – TBD

 

Southeastern Career Center