Sculpture by Crystal Schenk
and Shelby Davis
Photo by John Urang
Alder College’s mission is to create challenging intellectual environments where a diverse group of students feels they belong and knows they can thrive.
The health of our communities depends on dynamic thinkers who can approach complex systems with curiosity, creativity and nuance. In order to create a more equitable and inclusive future, we will also need leaders drawn from a wide range of backgrounds. Alder’s work is to increase the diversity of Oregon students who have access to a liberal arts education and the broad range of careers to which these degrees lead. We focus on the importance of the first two years of college because they are the most critical for college completion, especially for students of color, first-generation students, and students from low SES households.
ALDER EARLY COLLEGE COURSE
The Alder Early College Course (AEC) provides high school students at David Douglas High School the opportunity to take an intensive college level course with local university and college faculty. The free course runs for four weeks in the summer and the admissions process prioritizes students who have been historically underserved in higher education.
Students study literature, U.S. history, philosophy, and visual culture. Upon successfully completing the summer course, students earn three college credits that they can transfer to any two or four-year college or university.
The AEC Course is a partnership between Alder College,David Douglas High School,Clemente Coursein the Humanities, Oregon Humanities, and Bard College.
A NEW MODEL
Alder College began with a group of people reimagining the first two years of college. We remain committed to this mission, but at this time we do not plan to open a stand-alone college. We continue to explore ways to breathe life into our vision and welcome you to learn more about the original Alder College here.
SUPPORT THE ALDER EARLY COLLEGE COURSE AT DAVID DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL
With your support, thirty David Douglas High School students will have an incredible summer experience and earn three college credits from Bard College. This is just the beginning of how Alder College will create educational environments where a diverse group of students feels they belong.
Thank you for considering a donation today.