ERIC Number: ED475805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Dual Enrollment Programs: Easing Transitions from High School to College. CCRC Brief.
Bailey, Thomas R.; Hughes, Katherine L.; Karp, Melinda Mechur
This brief presents an alternative view of how students should move from secondary to postsecondary education, and reviews two approaches that attempt to link high schools and colleges: (1) the coordination of high school exit standards, college entry standards, and Tech Prep; and (2) dual enrollment. Tech Prep offers students planned career pathways that link high schools to advanced technical education at colleges. Its growth has been hampered by the perception that it is a vocational program, while the emphasis of secondary education is increasingly on academic education. Dual enrollment allows high school students to enroll in college courses prior to high school graduation, giving them first-hand exposure to the requirements of college-level work while gaining high school and college credit simultaneously. Dual enrollment programs have traditionally been seen as a way to offer gifted students an academically challenging alternative to their regular high school programs. This brief argues that dual enrollment can challenge low achieving students and lead them to high levels of college success. Details two models: College Now, at Kingsborough Community College, New York; and Youth Options, a program for high school students in the state of Wisconsin. (Contains 22 references.) (NB)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Access to Education, College Bound Students, College Students, Community Colleges, Dual Enrollment, Educational Finance, High School Students, Low Achievement, Outcomes of Education, Policy, Success, Two Year Colleges, Underachievement
For full text: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/~iee/ccrc/PAPERS/Briefs/brief17.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Community Coll. Research Center.
Note: Based on a paper commissioned by the Office of Vocational Education (OVAE), U.S. Department of Education entitled, "What Role Can Dual Enrollment Play in Easing the Transition between High School and Postsecondary Education?"