Early College Opportunities for Maine Students

Education research, both nationally and in Maine, shows that high school students who have the chance to enroll in early college courses during high school are more likely to graduate, be admitted to college, and follow through and earn a degree. As a result, they're more likely to be prepared to succeed in careers.

The Maine Department of Education is coordinating efforts to assess the early college opportunities available to Maine students and find ways to make such opportunities more widely available with the hope that many students will be able to earn associate's degrees within a year of completing high school.

Maine's Task Force on Early Post-Secondary Education Opportunities

Gov. Paul LePage issued an executive order on July 26, 2011, establishing the 19-member Task Force on Early Postsecondary Education Opportunities.

Task Force Charge

  • Survey Maine high schools and colleges to determine the existing availability of early postsecondary education opportunities;
  • Review the variety of approaches used by high schools, colleges and organizations to make early college opportunities available to students;
  • Review the research on early postsecondary opportunities in other states and countries with an eye toward how such opportunities are funded;
  • Develop short- and long-term solutions to expand access to early college opportunities, and recommendations for funding such opportunities within existing resources; and
  • Submit a written report with recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs.