AU/Tindley create Early College relationship

Mon, 2006-11-06 14:07 -- univcomm
November 6, 2006

Representatives of Anderson University and the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School, a public charter school based in Indianapolis, today signed an agreement to establish an Early College High School partnership. The agreement between Anderson University and the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School is the first of its kind in the State of Indiana between a charter school and a four-year institution of higher education.

“We are delighted that the hard work of persons at the Charles A. Tindley School and Anderson University has brought us to the moment of signing a formal agreement,” said Dr. Carl Caldwell, vice-president for Academic Affairs and Dean. “More importantly, we look forward with great anticipation at the ways in which our joint efforts will have life-transforming effects in the lives of the young people who will participate.”

“Our students have long anticipated this opportunity to be collegians, and they are very excited about Anderson,” said Marcus Robinson, principal of the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School. “When families choose the Tindley School, the leading factor in their decision making is the opportunity for their children to take genuine college courses in high school. Anderson University has a world-class liberal arts program that will allow our students to flourish academically and spiritually. We believe that the Anderson-Tindley Early College Program will be a model for secondary education in Central Indiana.”

Early College High Schools are small schools where students earn both a high school diploma and two years of college credit toward a Bachelor's degree. They are places for learning, designed to help young people progress toward the education and experience they need to succeed in life and careers [ Marcus Robinson, principal and CEO of the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School, and Dr. James L. Edwards, President of Anderson University, shake hands following the signing of the agreement].

The Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School is a public, charter school. It is the first Accelerated School in the State of Indiana. The school is designed to offer powerful learning opportunities and an innovative classroom structure to keep students interested, engaged, and enrolled. The Tindley School offers a rigorous, college-preparatory program that seeks to challenge students to pursue education beyond high school. It is an early college program that will allow students to attempt college courses while still enrolled in high school.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts university of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in theology, business, music, nursing and education.