Julie Edmunds is Program Director at the SERVE Center, an education research and development center housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Julie conducts research focused primarily on high school improvement and the transition to postsecondary education. She has received numerous federal grants and is currently leading a five-year statewide study of the impact, implementation, and cost of North Carolina’s dual enrollment program.
For the past 15 years, the centerpiece of Julie’s work has been research on early colleges, a model of schooling that merges the high school and college experiences so that students can simultaneously earn a high school diploma and postsecondary credential. Her rigorous studies, which have been published in top tier peer-reviewed journals, have demonstrated the positive impacts of this model and are regularly used by federal and state policymakers to inform decisions. She is writing a book that is exploring how the early college model can dramatically shift the way we think about our educational systems.