Education Commission of the States has researched dual/concurrent enrollment policies in all states to provide this comprehensive resource. Click on the questions below for 50-state comparisons showing how all states approach specific dual/concurrent enrollment policies. Or, choose to view a specific state’s approach by going to the individual state profiles page.
- Without a requirement that eligible students may participate, schools and districts may not be inclined to promote dual/concurrent enrollment for students.
- Some express concern that dual enrollment courses taught by high school teachers may not meet the same level of rigor as courses taught by postsecondary faculty on postsecondary campuses.
- Some critics contend that dual enrollment courses without an end-of-course assessment have no measure to ensure that the level of rigor matches that of traditional postsecondary courses.
- How funding flows can either incentivize schools to participate or deter participation.
- If courses meet rigorous criteria yet students are denied transfer credit at another postsecondary institution, the value of dual enrollment as an option for students to save money and time to degree is negated.
- Dual enrollment (all data points for all states)
- Statewide policy in place
- Definition or title of program
- Where courses provided
- Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned
- Students may take developmental/remedial coursework for dual credit
- CTE component
- Unique characteristics
- Offering mandatory or voluntary
- College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both
- Student eligibility requirements
- Cap on number of credits students may earn
- Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities
- Counseling/advising is made available to students
- Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition
- How state funds participating high schools
- How state funds participating postsecondary institutions
Ensuring program quality
- Recent state legislation. Education Commission of the States staff review state legislation and regulations weekly to keep this resource updated.
- State Approaches to Funding Dual Enrollment
- Dual Enrollment Course Content and Instructor Quality
Jennifer Dounay Zinth
PUBLISHED: March 25, 2016
RESOURCE TYPE: 50-State Comparison