Howard University Teams Up With University High School to Offer Students Dual Enrollment Opportunity

“Priority 2 of The Next Decade 2020-30 outlines the importance of executing curricula for college and career programs with fidelity. This renowned partnership does that,” said León. “We are excited about this partnership and the opportunity it provides our students."

Curricula for the program is designed to engage students who are curious about law, sociology, or social justice. Students in the program are eligible to earn high school credit along with college credit from the university as dual credit, according to district officials.

The program is also one of the very first dual enrollment opportunities for high school students with a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), district officials said.

University High School Principal Genique Flournoy-Hamilton commended the new partnership with Howard University, noting that it provides students with collegiate learning experiences and "expands their perspective about opportunities that exist at this great institution and other HBCU's where their experiences are acknowledged and validated by those who are serving as their professors."

"HBCU's have been known to have more success graduating scholars of similar demographic as those enrolled at University High School, so we hope that more of our scholars see HBCU's as a viable college choice through their enrollment in this course and program," said Flournoy-Hamilton.

The plan, officials said, is for participating students to meet during their regular class period. They are overseen by a "co-teacher" who acts in a facilitation and coaching role. Additionally, co-teachers are invited to participate in regular check-ins to share information and engage in conversations with other teachers across the country to discuss challenges, highlights, and best practices.

Lee Snowden, an instructor and co-teacher on behalf of University High School, said that he was looking forward to the new opportunity for both himself and the students.

“The collaboration with the historic Howard University and University High School will impact this great community of Newark for generations to come," said Snowden. "I am ever so fortunate to work with such a cadre of esteemed scholars as well as stellar Howard University faculty.”

Excitement about the new program has already spread around the school among students. 

One University High School senior, Hallia Robinson, said the course has given her the opportunity to learn and understand "different layers within our criminal justice system."

"It makes me feel good to be knowledgeable about laws, so I can protect my own rights. What I love most about this course is that I am attending a Historically Black University," said Hallia. "I find it very empowering to see black people so informed about the law.”

The program has already left a positive impression on other students as well. Another student, Amir Chase, said that both the curriculum and exposure to the collegiate learning experience have been an "eye-opener" for himself and his classmates. 

"I’m influenced by what we’re learning and can’t wait to get to learn more throughout the year," said Amir.  

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