The Impact of Dual Enrollment on College Degree Attainment: Do Low-SES Students Benefit?

This paper examines the impact of dual enrollment on college degree attainment for low socioeconomic status (SES) students. The author examined data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, and data from a follow up study completed in 2000 resulting in a sample size of 8,800. The author found dual enrollment increases the probability of attaining a degree within 12-years of completing the 8th grade, and that dual enrollment did not hinder students from low SES backgrounds from attaining a degree. While the study demonstrates dual enrollment has positive impact on degree attainment, the author acknowledges students who enrolled in dual enrollment may have unique characteristics that are distinct from their peers who were not selected for dual enrollment.

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American Educational Research Association and SAGE Publications
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Keyword: Population