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Dual Enrollment Course Content and Instructor Quality - This report explores some of the reasons for the increase in delivery of dual enrollment courses at high schools, and the importance of ensuring course and instructor quality. The report then examines four distinct state approaches to ensuring dual enrollment course and instructor quality, noting the potential benefits and tradeoffs of each. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, ECS, February 2015)...

Dual Enrollment: A Strategy to Improve College-Going and College Completion among Rural Students - Research shows that students who participate in dual enrollment are more likely than their peers to finish high school, enter college and complete a degree. This means dual enrollment can greatly benefit students in rural areas, which report lower college-going and postsecondary attainment rates than other locales. However, rural areas face unique challenges in providing high-quality dual enrollment programs. This report discusses how states are rising to these challenges. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, ECS, June 2014)...

Increasing Student Success in Dual Enrollment Programs: 13 Model State-Level Policy Components - ECS identified 13 model state-level policy components that may increase student participation and success in dual enrollment programs. These components fall under four broad categories: access, finance, ensuring course quality and transferability of credit. Examples of state laws containing these components are incorporated throughout this report. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, ECS, February 2014)...

Dual Enrollment: Policy Issues Confronting State Policymakers MS Word PDF - A growing number of policymakers in the states see dual enrollment as a way to increase college access and success. This policy brief provides background information about dual enrollment and summarizes the research surrounding the issue. Examples of state dual enrollment programs and a list of policy considerations are also included. (Carl Krueger, Education Commission of the States, March 2006)...

Dual Enrollment Programs and Courses for High School Students at Postsecondary Institutions: 2010-11 First Look - NCES provides comprehensive national data on the prevalence and characteristics of dual enrollment programs at postsecondary institutions. For example, 53% of institutions reported high school students took credit within or without a dual enrollment program, a total of 1,413,500 students. Associate degrees were awarded by 17% of them during the 2010-11 year. Eligibility requirements varied; 60% required a minimum high school grade point average and 4% targeted high school students at risk for educational failure. (Stephanie Marken et al., National Center for Education Statistics, February 2013)...

Dual Enrollment: Helping Make College a Reality for Students Less Likely to Go -- Recommendations for Policymakers from the Concurrent Courses Initiative - A three-year study tracking outcomes for approximately 3,000 students across California shows that career-focused dual enrollment programs can provide important benefits for those who are underachieving and underrepresented in higher education. These benefits include students being: (1) More likely to graduate from high school (2) More likely to transition to a four-year college rather than a two-year college (3) Less likely to take basic skills courses in college (4) More likely to persist in postsecondary education (5) More likely to accumulate more college credits. (James Irvine Foundation, July 2012)...

What We Know About Dual Enrollment - In this report, the authors discuss what dual enrollment programs are, why they are used, and who benefits from them. (Community College Research Center, Feb 2012)...

Promoting Quality: State Strategies for Overseeing Dual Enrollment Programs - Report documents the strategies six states employ to ensure that college courses offered to high school students are of the same high quality and rigor as courses offered to matriculated college students. The report also highlights the main approaches used by these states to encourage colleges and universities to align their dual enrollment programs with state and national quality standards. Case studies included in the report describe strategies utilized in Florida, Illinois, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Virginia. (Adam Lowe, National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, October 2010)...

The Postsecondary Achievement of Participants in Dual Enrollment: An Analysis of Student Outcomes in Two States - Once limited to high-achieving students, dual enrollment programs are increasingly seen as a means to support the postsecondary preparation of average-achieving students. Moreover, an increasing numbers of career and technical education programs are providing such opportunities to their students. This report seeks to answer several questions regarding the programs' effectiveness. (Melinda Karp, Juan Calcagno, Katherine Hughes, Dong Wook Jeong and Thomas Bailey, Community College Research Center, October 2007)...

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