The Dual Enrollment Landscape

Students who participate in dual enrollment at a community college during high school are more likely to graduate and enter college, and they’re more likely to complete a certificate, degree, or transfer. And the students who are most underrepresented in community colleges — young men of color, students from low-income families, and students who are first in their families to attend college — often benefit the most. But California has not committed to dual enrollment as a strategy to encourage college completion, and it lags below the national average by several measures.

With support from the College Futures Foundation, and in collaboration with Jobs for the Future, Career Ladders Project researched the landscape for dual enrollment in California. We published joint recommendations (linked below), drawing on the national perspective produced in JFF’s research. And, based on our interviews with practitioners and researchers at 48 of California’s 114 community colleges – and in-depth research with six of them – we recommend five specific policy changes that would help colleges, K-12 districts, and students in California to reap the clear benefits of dual enrollment.

Read about what we learned: