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EDGE Concurrent Enrollment
EDGE is a multifaceted collaboration bridging high schools and Jefferson Community College via a concurrent enrollment program offering integrated, accessible, and rigorous college courses to qualified high school students.
EDGE will be the first choice of high schools wishing to provide qualified students with an opportunity to better their lives through an exceptional concurrent collegiate experience that assures access, quality, and transferability and that creates an ideal foundation from which to pursue their higher education goals.
The EDGE program, provides SUNY Jefferson courses taught in the high school classroom.
- A student takes an EDGE course concurrently with a high school course.
- EDGE students earn college and high school credit at the same time.
- EDGE courses are taught by high school teachers who meet the same requirements, and undergo the same application and approval process, as adjunct instructors who teach on campus
- EDGE courses are college, not “college-level,” courses.
- EDGE students are college students; the text books, rigor of assignments, and grading policies are the same as those used on campus for the identical course.
- The only difference between an EDGE course and the same course on campus is that EDGE students pay 1/3 the rate of tuition as their campus peers.
The Jefferson EDGE Program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). To become accredited, The EDGE program demonstrated that it met or exceeded standards of excellence pertaining to curriculum, students, instructors, assessment, and program evaluation.
Benefits of Concurrent Enrollment Programs to Students
- Earning college credit at a reduced cost while in high school
- Learning about college expectations while improving college admissions prospects
- Students with a concurrent enrollment experience are more likely than those without to:
- Consider college
- Start college sooner after high school graduation
- Earn a higher GPA and stay in college during their first year
- Persist in their second year of college
- Earn a degree sooner
- Complete both undergraduate and graduate degree
Benefits of Concurrent Enrollment Programs to Schools
- Positive impact to high school retention and graduation rates
- Enhanced rigor of the high school curricula
- Means of demonstrating quality to multiple internal and external audiences
- Discipline specific professional development for teachers
- Better cross-sector understanding of student preparation and needs
- Re-enforced college-going culture among students
- Means of demonstrating community service as CEP participants experience anticipatory socialization, academic momentum, academic integration, better college persistence (the “nest egg effect”), accelerated degree progression, and better attainment of both undergraduate and graduate degrees
Resources and Links
Schools that have participated in EDGE include:
For More Information
Continuing Education Coordinator – EDGE Individual Studies
Jefferson Community College
1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Fax: (315) 786-2391