About ECA

The Early College Alliance (ECA) is a unique educational program designed to fully immerse high school-aged students into the post-secondary learning environment. ECA is a public, early/middle college program located on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. It exists in partnership with local school districts, including the Washtenaw Intermediate School District.

The program gives students an opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school and offers strong, academically focused students a chance to enroll in advanced, college-level coursework. It also provides an alternative for students who may not feel connected to their school.

ECA allows students to:


  • Graduate from high school with a diploma and up to 60 college credits.

  • Attend classes on a university campus with support.

  • Learn in a college environment that fosters maturity and academic growth.

  • Gain vital skills for college success.

ECA is funded through a percentage of each district's foundation allowance and continues seeking additional funding through both public and private sources.

ECA is recognized by the Michigan Department of Education as a Four Plus One program. Students can participate in the program a year past what would have been their graduation year, while not negatively impacting the district’s Adequate Yearly Progress. This is an added benefit to the district and to the student.



ECA's Vision: To bridge the gap between high school and college, enhancing life outcomes while fostering a democratic society.


ECA's Mission: To empower high school students from diverse backgrounds to earn up to 60 university credits toward a Bachelor's Degree.


ECA's Values: Social Justice, Strong & Supportive Relationships, Diversity, Growth Mindset, & Individualized Pathways.

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