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.

Listen to why three students who attended Bakersfield College during high school through dual enrollment highly recommend it.

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 was a focal point at BC’s symposium in November on intersegmental pathways symposium, in which CLP was a partner; higher education leaders from across California gathered to talk about improving college completion and increasing educational equity. 

In this video, hear college and high school instructors and administrators talk about building their partnership.


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