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ERIC Number: ED525148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 51
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Growth & Impact: The Expansion of High School Based Dual Credit in Stark County, Ohio
Rochford, Joseph A.; O'Neill, Adrienne; Gelb, Adele; Ross, Kimberly J.
Stark Education Partnership
High school based dual credit (HSBDC) is a course offered through a collaborative agreement between an institution of higher education and a school district. A student may earn both high school and college credit in an HSBDC course taught by a high school teacher who qualifies to become a college adjunct on a high school campus. The growth of HSBDC courses in Stark County, Ohio has been explosive. During the 2009-10 academic year, HSBDC courses were offered across all 17 Stark County school districts for the first time. Enrollments in such courses reached 2,460 nearly doubling the 2008-09 enrollments of 1,294. From an initial 65 students during the summer of 2006, HSBDC last year impacted an estimated 1,300 students. This report looks at data from enrollment records, grades, surveys and focus groups conducted by the Stark Education Partnership throughout the year. Results are viewed using a method known as "Impact Evaluation." Indications are that HSBDC is beginning to produce substantial returns: (1) HSBDC has added another early college credit earning opportunity for an estimated 13% of the junior and senior Stark County cohort or 6.5% of all high school students, compared to 5% nationally or 2% in Ohio; (2) Over 92% of Stark County HSBDC students successfully earned 6,366 hours of college credit at a grade of "C" or above; (3) The financial benefit to Stark County families and students may range between $860,000 to $5,000,000 (textbooks included) depending on where students transfer credit; (4) Since 2006, the cadre of high school teacher qualified as college adjunct faculty has grown from 2 to 69; and (5) From an initial two courses during the summer of 2006, all Stark County high schools combined now offer 83 dual credit courses, with 165 separate class sections. Probable outcomes include: (1) HSBDC may be promoting less remediation, greater persistence and faster completion rates for students going on to college; (2) Local colleges and universities may begin to benefit with higher enrollment and greater success among HSBDC students; and (3) HSBDC students may be adding to a fast growing contingent of county 18 to 24 year-olds with some college, no degree, increasing Stark County's education attainment rate and providing possible economic benefit to the community. Appended are: (1) Narrative Summary of Teacher Interviews; (2) Survey Responses of College Faculty; (3) Student Focus Group Responses; and (4) Courses and Sections Taught by District. (Contains 14 footnotes.)
Stark Education Partnership. 400 Market Avenue North Suite B Plaza, Canton, OH 44702. Tel: 330-452-0829; Fax: 330-452-2009; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: College Board; Dominion
Authoring Institution: Stark Education Partnership
Identifiers - Location: Ohio