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018 | Middle College: A Win-Win-Win for Students, Communities, & Schools | with Claudia Lampman

Today we are going to learn what Middle College programs are, why they’re so effective at improving student outcomes, and what communities need to know if they are contemplating the possibility of launching Middle Colleges of their own. And we have an all-star lineup of guests joining us to talk about the success of the Middle College School programs in Alaska!

We sit down with Dr. Claudia Lampman, the Vice Provost of Student Success and a Professor of Psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage, the institution that hosts the Alaska Middle College efforts across the state; Luke Almon, the principal of the Anchorage Middle College School; Greg Giauque, who’s the principal and a teacher at the Matanuska-Susitna (MatSu) Middle College School, which is just outside of Anchorage and the longest-running Middle College in the Alaskan effort; and Dr. Holly Martinson, an Assistant Professor at the WWAMI School of Medical Education and the Chair of the Middle College Programs within the UAA effort and system.

We unbox:

  1. What the heck is a Middle College and why does UAA want to be part of this effort?

  2. How the idea for Middle College was born nine years ago

  3. The average Middle College student is outperforming traditional college students

  4. The support systems that allow students to be successful

  5. How do we provide equitable access for these opt-in programs?

  6. Giving students the safety net they need to take a risk

  7. Middle College and other similar programs are NOT just for high achievers

  8. Why Middle College credits are paid for by the K-12 school system in this program – and why that’s a BIG deal

  9. The difference between Middle College and Early College

  10. How geography creates additional challenges for school systems in Alaska

  11. What you need to know if you’re interested in starting a similar program in your community



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