ERIC Number: ED484432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
State Dual Enrollment Policies: Addressing Access and Quality
Karp, Melinda Mechur; Bailey, Thomas R.; Hughes, Katherine L.; Fermin, Baranda J.
US Department of Education
Policymakers and educators seek options for helping high school students transition successfully into postsecondary education. Though there are a variety of approaches to doing this; some initiatives are based on a body of research demonstrating that postsecondary success is predicated on both rigorous academic preparation and a clear understanding of the expectations in college. Dual enrollment programs allow high school students to enroll in college courses and earn college and high school credit simultaneously, thereby exposing them to the academic and social demands of postsecondary education. This report identifies 10 features along which dual enrollment programs can vary: (1) target population; (2) admissions requirements; (3) location; (4) student mix; (5) the background characteristics of the instructors; (6) course content; (7) method of credit-earning; (8)program intensity; (9) funding; and (10) state mandates. This report emphasizes the many choices inherent in creating policies that address multiple elements of a state education system. The conclusion presented in this report provides recommendations to policymakers and program regulators: (1) Clarify program goals so that the policies and regulations support the stated goals of the program; (2) Identify funding mechanisms that meet the needs of all stakeholders; (3) Think through the implications of both minimal and detailed dual enrollment policies; (4) Develop ways to ensure the rigor of dual enrollment courses; (5) Consider the needs of students beyond academic course taking; and (6) Meet the needs of students interested in technical courses as well as academic courses. A methodological appendix is included. (Contains 12 exhibits.)
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Dual Enrollment, Educational Policy, State Regulation, High School Students, Transfer Policy, Admission Criteria, Institutional Characteristics, College School Cooperation, Access to Education
U.S. Department of Education, ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.edpubs.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.