“The Concurrent Courses initiative has laid a foundation for strengthening the high school to college transition. In just three years, partnerships implemented and enhanced programs that provided college exploration and dual enrollment offerings to California students who had not previously had those opportunities.”
Broadening the Benefits of Dual Enrollment
Reaching Underachieving and Underrepresented Students with Career-Focused Programs
A new study, Broadening the Benefits of Dual Enrollment: Reaching Underachieving and Underrepresented Students with Career-Focused Programs, by the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University examines outcomes for almost 3,000 high-school students who participated in dual enrollment, career-focused programs with community colleges in California. The findings from the three-year study suggest that programs enrolling high-school students in college credit courses can have beneficial results for underachieving students and students underrepresented in higher education. The students who participated in career-focused dual-enrollment programs were more likely than other students in their districts to graduate from high school, enroll in four-year colleges, persist in college and accumulate more credits and were less likely to enroll in remedial classes.
CCRC led the Concurrent Courses Initiative funded by James Irvine Foundation. The Career Ladders Project (CLP) provided technical assistance to the initiative, providing assistance to involved high school and community college partners with ongoing implementation, exchange of effective practices among the initiative’s partners, and identification of common challenges and emergent solutions in offering effective concurrent enrollment programs.
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