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ERIC Number: ED525141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
Different Approaches to Dual Enrollment: Understanding Program Features and Their Implications. Insight
Edwards, Linsey; Hughes, Katherine L.; Weisberg, Alan
James Irvine Foundation
Dual enrollment programs allow high school students to take college courses and earn college credit. While dual enrollment has historically focused on high-achieving students, these programs can have significant benefits for underperforming students as well, particularly if integrated with a career focus. This research shows that student experience differs dramatically from one program to the next. Examining these differences illuminates the advantages and disadvantages of various program designs, particularly as they influence access and success for a broad range of students. These findings may be helpful to educators, policymakers and families interested in dual enrollment. This report analyzes eight secondary-postsecondary partnerships in California that sought to integrate dual enrollment with a complementary career-focused strategy for engaging struggling students. Adding a strong career focus can be an important element for such students because of its potential to motivate them through applied learning and help them see pathways through college to future employment. The programs featured in this report join a growing movement to make career-focused dual enrollment part of a promising college and career preparation strategy for a broad range of students. While Concurrent Courses partnerships pursued the same goals, their program features varied by design. Each partnership reflected its own set of relationships, fiscal challenges and geography. Analysis of each program and its results generated the findings detailed in this report. Presented are two qualities that are important to the dual enrollment experience and six program features that influence how a program achieves these qualities. (Contains 8 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: James Irvine Foundation
Identifiers - Location: California