To authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants to support early college high schools and other dual enrollment programs.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Fast Track to College Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. PURPOSE.
The purpose of this Act is to increase secondary school graduation rates and the percentage of students who complete a recognized postsecondary credential by the age of 26, including among low-income students and students from other populations underrepresented in higher education.
SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.
For purposes of this Act: (1) Dual enrollment program.--The term ``dual enrollment program'' means an academic program through which a secondary school student is able simultaneously to earn credit toward a secondary school diploma and a postsecondary degree or credential. (2) Early college high school.--The term ``early college high school'' means a secondary school that provides a course of study that enables a student to earn a secondary school diploma and either an associate's degree or one to two years of postsecondary credit toward a postsecondary degree or credential. (3) Educational service agency.--The term ``educational service agency'' has the meaning given such term in section 9101(17) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. (4) Eligible entity.--The term ``eligible entity'' means a local educational agency, which may be an educational service agency, in a collaborative partnership with an institution of higher education. Such partnership also...