UNCG Research congratulates Dr. Julie Edmunds, a Project Director at the SERVE Center, on receiving a $578,980 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The project is a “Follow-Up to the Study of the Efficacy of North Carolina’s Early College High School (ECHS) Model.” This grant funds Year Three of the project, which has totalled $1.8 million over three years.Located on college campuses, ECHSs are designed to accelerate the academic progress of students while minimizing the barriers between high school and college. Students in ECHSs graduate in four to five years with a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree or two years of transferable college credit.
Edmunds’s three-year project seeks to determine the ECHS model’s impact on college readiness and on initial enrollment and persistence in postsecondary education. Investigators will also conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the program and explore the influence of different implementation factors on outcomes.
Before joining SERVE (SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education) in 2004, Dr. Edmunds held positions as an in-house evaluator for a major nonprofit, as a third-grade teacher, and as a program analyst for the U.S. Department of Education. She received her Ph.D. in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, her Master of Education from UNCG, and her B.A. in History from Yale University.