From Our Executive Director

Welcome to our website. Here you will get a glimpse of who we are, our programs, courses and extracurricular activities. Since 2011, Bard has operated a half-day early college campus in New Orleans, enabling 11th and 12th graders from high schools across the city to complete as much as a year of college coursework during the last two years of high school for free. LouisianaDepartment of Education Superintendent John White charged the Bard Early College in New Orleans to consider new approaches that could provide a full two-year degree. That new degree-granting model opened in New Orleans in 2018. 

Impact & Key Stats: Bard Early College in New Orleans

  • Current student body makeup: 85% Black; 6% Asian; 3% White; 6% Unknown/NR
  • A total 9,745 transferable college credits awarded to date
  • On average, students have earned 17 transferable college credits through BECNO
  • Across Bard’s national network of early colleges, 85% of graduates report successfully transferring credits
  • BECNO’s newly-launched AA-granting program:
    • In the inaugural cohort of BECNO’s AA program (c/o 2020), 54% earned the AA degree by the end of the 12th grade
    • In that class, on average, students earned 54 transferable college credits
    • 74% are first-generation college goers
    • 87% of AA graduates went on to continue their studies at a 4 year university. Of those, 79% continued to a 4-year university in Louisiana

At BECNO we are fully committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. It is our priority to foster a space in which ALL members of our community feel a sense of belonging and are able to bring their full-selves to this space. We center the voices and experiences of our BIPOC community and we ensure that our stakeholders inform our processes and policies. 

Our classrooms and curriculum move the voices and experiences of communities of color from the margins to the center.  In our policies and practices, we emphasize student voice, civic engagement, and the free exchange of ideas.  We cultivate a respect for diversity of all kinds.  Most of all, we strive to be an intellectual community where our students feel comfortable being themselves and expressing their opinions. Staff, faculty and students embody our values of Growth, Excellence, and Teamwork (GET). 

Whether you are a current student, a parent or caregiver, an alumnus, or a prospective applicant, I welcome you to explore this page. Should you have any questions, you can email me directly at acaldwell@bec.bard.edu