Nancy Hertzog

A recent study by a UW College of Education professor and doctoral student found that graduates of the University of Washington’s two early-entrance university programs excelled in their academic and subsequent professional lives.

The study by Nancy Hertzog, professor of education, and Rachel Chung, a PhD student in learning sciences and human development, was published in January in Roeper Review, a publication focused on education for gifted students. It looked at the academic, professional and personal outcomes for 192 students in the UW Early Entrance Program, which started in 1977 and enrolls students as young as age 13, and UW Academy, an early admission program started in 2001.

A majority of respondents reported being happy with their academic achievements (97.4 percent), their family (93.2 percent), friendships (87.9 percent), work (87.4 percent), financial situation (82.7 percent) and romantic relationships (77.2 percent). Almost all respondents (97.4 percent) said the programs had a positive influence on their intellectual development.

The study also underscored the academic success of program graduates, who have attained doctoral degrees at a rate of almost 14 times that of other UW alumni and received prestigious awards including Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships. The two programs are housed at the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars on the UW’s Seattle campus, where Hertzog serves as director.

The center is hosting its annual open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 21 at the University Club. The event is open to the public.

Read a UW Today story to learn more about the study.


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