ROI for Early College High Schools


Jobs for the Future commissioned the development of a financial analysis model for calculating the “ROI”—return on investment—for early college high schools. Augenblick, Palaich, & Associates, Inc. created the model.

This study indicates that young people and their families would recognize significant advantages in terms of savings on college tuition and increased lifetime earning from attending early college high schools, where students graduate with a high school diploma and also an Associate’s degree or up to two years of college credit toward a Bachelor’s degree.

In addition, states would reap a financial investment in these schools in terms of higher educational attainment for young people, increased earnings, and a longer working life for graduates—and hence increased future tax revenues.

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education released Accelerated Learning Options: Moving the Needle on Access and Success A Study of State and Institutional Policies and Practices. It addresses four major accelerated options: advanced placement, dual/concurrent enrollment, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, and tech prep.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.