A three-year study tracking outcomes for thousands of students across California shows that careerfocused dual enrollment programs can provide important benefits for those who are underachieving and underrepresented in higher education. Programs of this type, which allow high school students to take college courses and earn college credit, were once offered almost exclusively to high-achieving students seeking greater academic challenge.
- Successful Strategy: Relative to comparison students in the same districts, participants were more likely to graduate from high school, attend a four-year college, persist in postsecondary education, and earn more college credits.
- Observation: Recommendations to expand on success include: removing funding penalties for participating institutions and requiring colleges to waive student fees; instituting statewide systems to make dual credit earning consistent and transferrable; and broadening student eligibility for dual enrollment participation.
- Observation: In successful programs, participating high schools and colleges are strongly connected and integrated and the class is perceived by students as an authentic college experience.