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Milligan – Bartleby Partnership creates innovative postsecondary pathways

Dr. Bill Greer and Rita Booher

Posted On: Friday, October 5, 2018

On Friday, Oct. 5, Elizabethton High School and Milligan College announced an important partnership that creates new postsecondary pathways for EHS Bartleby students. Milligan President Dr. Bill Greer and Elizabethton City Schools Board Chair Rita Booher signed the agreement, which will provide qualifying Bartleby students college admissions waivers, scholarships, and access to dual enrollment courses.

“Bartleby provides an innovative approach to learning and is a good fit with Milligan’s strong Christian liberal arts curriculum,” said Greer. “We are excited to partner with Elizabethton High School to provide additional opportunities for Bartley students and faculty.”

This partnership is part of a broader effort not only to increase access to higher education, but to increase the numbers of students graduating from college. It works to prepare students for the expectations of college and career through a new Senior Capstone Course and new Dual Enrollment opportunities with cost assistance. Students will also be invited to the campus to meet the President and administration once annually for a campus tour. 

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“We are very proud and excited to be working in such close partnership with Milligan College,” said Bartleby Director Terry Smith. “Milligan is a truly outstanding educational institution, and because our Bartleby program core values are in such perfect alignment with theirs, especially regarding their core belief of outstanding servant leadership, then our two institutions are ideally suited for the close partnership we have created between us.  We both believe deeply in the greatness of our Elizabethton community, and together we are working with maximum effort to develop our Elizabethton students to the attainment of their absolute highest possible level of achievement both during their high school careers and after they have graduated from us.  With the development of the Bartleby Program, then Elizabethton High School is already recognized as one of the 18 Super Schools in the United States, and working in close partnership with Milligan College will help us to achieve our next goal of becoming the most outstanding high school in America.”

To apply for admissions waivers and scholarships, students are required to submit a portfolio of their work on community and entrepreneurial projects. This is part of Bartleby’s mission to evaluate the student beyond the letter grade, and to give students an opportunity to learn through inquiry-driven, impactful projects. In addition to portfolios, students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and 21 ACT to be eligible for scholarships.

As part of the partnership, EHS teachers will be invited to share Bartleby teaching methods with Milligan students on professional development days. It also creates a new pipeline for Milligan student teachers to be involved with Bartleby.

Bartleby is a model for public education that is project-based, passion-driven, community-focused, and interdisciplinary. It was designed to give students an active voice and role in their education and to empower teachers to create an authentic and relevant learning experience. It is one of 18 XQ Super Schools in the nation working together to rethink high school and create a truly innovative, authentic educational experience.

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