The National Center for Postsecondary Research (NCPR) at Teachers College, Columbia University, recently released two new studies of dual enrollment. Dual enrollment—in which high school students take college courses—has risen in popularity over the past decade as policymakers and educators have sought ways to smooth the transition from high school to college. The two studies add to a growing body of work that suggests that participation in dual enrollment can lead to a range of positive college outcomes for students.
Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit
On Friday, December 9th, Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) hosted a seminar Expanding College-and-career Pathways for High School Students: What Does it Cost? During the seminar, University of California –Berkeley professor David Stern presented findings from two related studies.
By Becky Smerdon and Aimee Eden (guest authors)
There are a number of paths that high school students can follow to earn college credits while in high school. This week, we are going to highlight three of these accelerated pathways: (1) Advanced Placement, (2) Dual Enrollment, and (3) International Baccalaureate. Today’s post is about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
By Becky Smerdon and Aimee Evan (guest authors)
There are a number of paths that high school students can follow to earn college credits while in high school. This week, we are going to highlight three of these accelerated pathways: (1) Advanced Placement, (2) Dual Enrollment, and (3) International Baccalaureate. Today’s post is about the Dual Enrollment program.
The Obama administration has placed a high priority on increasing high school graduation rates, creating new programs, such as the High School Graduation Initiative, to support states, districts, and schools graduate students college and career ready. Research suggests that key strategies for keeping students in high school involves challenging them with rigorous content, engaging them in real-world learning experiences, and providing them significant, tailored supports.
By Julie Edmunds, Ph.D. (guest blogger)
By Andrea Berger (guest blogger)
Early College Schools affiliated with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Early College High School Initiative strive to enroll students from populations typically underrepresented in colleges and enable them to graduate with at least one year of college credit. Despite enrolling students not typically viewed “college material,” Early College High School students earned an average GPA of 3.1 in college classes and graduates earned an average of almost one year of college credit.
By Aimee Evan (guest blogger) Early College High Schools (ECHSs) are intended to bridge high school and college by creating a hybrid school that combines both high school and postsecondary experiences. ECHSs are not programs per se; rather, they are whole school reform models that combine grades 9-12 and postsecondary into one institution. Most ECHSs are designed to serve students that are underrepresented in higher education—those from low-income families, racial/ethnic minorities, and first generation college students.
By Kellie Kim (guest blogger)