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ERIC Number: ED544078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
What Works Clearinghouse Quick Review: "The Impact of Dual Enrollment on College Degree Attainment: Do Low-SES Students Benefit?"
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This study reviewed in this report used data from the National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS:88) to examine the effects of dual enrollment programs for high school students on college degree attainment. The study further reported on whether the impacts of dual enrollment were different for first generation college students. Dual enrollment programs allow high school students to take college courses and earn college credits while still in high school. The intervention group in the study was comprised of NELS participants who attended a postsecondary school and who participated in a dual enrollment program while in high school (n = 880). The study reported that dual enrollment programs significantly increased the likelihood of attaining (a) any college degree and (b) a Bachelor's degree. The study also examined whether dual enrollment programs were effective for first generation college students and whether there were differences in degree attainment for students taking different numbers of dual enrollment courses. These subgroup analyses will be explored more fully in a forthcoming report. The study could potentially "meet the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards with reservations." However, the WWC does not have enough information about baseline equivalence (i.e., the adequacy of the propensity score matching process) to determine the study rating. A more thorough review (forthcoming) will determine the rating for the study and report more fully on its results. [The following study is the focus of this "Quick Review": An, B. P. (2013). The impact of dual enrollment on college degree attainment: Do low-SES students benefit? "Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis," 35, 57-75. doi: 10.3102/0162373712461933.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)