Report: Dual enrollment, Guided Pathways converge for equity

November 13, 2019

A new report from CLP explores a sea change under way at Bakersfield College and across Kern County in access to higher education. Offering all high school students in BC’s service area the opportunity to take college courses seems to be providing particular benefits for students of color, who make up more than two-thirds of local students. Read CLP’s report on how dual enrollment and Guided Pathways converge for equity.

More than 120 students in Kern County already have earned an associate degree at the same time as they finished high school; many hundreds more will be able to each year. And data from the college show that students who participated in dual enrollment during high school have higher GPAs their first year in college, complete more courses, and are more likely to complete transfer-level math in one year. 

This strategy will be a focal point at a major event BC is hosting, in which CLP is a partner, on Friday, Nov. 15 — the Intersegmental Pathways Symposium, where higher education leaders from across California will gather to talk about improving college completion and increasing educational equity. 

Hear Bakersfield College president Sonya Christian explain the push for universal access to dual enrollment in this short video.