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ERIC Number: ED562006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
Access and Diversity in the Running Start Program: A Comparison of Washington's Running Start Program to Other State Level Dual Enrollment Programs Hosted on a College Campus
Smith, Karl
Washington Student Achievement Council
Since 1990, high school students in Washington have had the choice of earning college credit through the Running Start program. Running start is a dual enrollment and dual credit program that allows eleventh and twelfth grade high school students to take college courses at any of Washington's 34 community and technical colleges, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Northwest Indian College, Washington State University and The Evergreen State College. Participants receive high school and college credit while taking classes located on the campus of participating colleges. Running Start gives high school juniors and seniors the option to attend college on either full-time or part-time basis while concurrently earning high school and college credit. During the 2012-2013 academic year, 17,704 students participated in the Running Start program. In its 24th year, there are concerns of access for traditionally underrepresented minority groups and low-income students. In 2012-2013, African-Americans, Hispanic/Latino, Native-American and Pacific Islanders comprised 23.7% of enrolled 11th and 12th grade students but only made up 12.5% of Running Start students. While 46.1% of all students in Washington qualify for free or reduced lunch only 28% of Running Start participants qualify. This report will explore policy barriers that potentially limit the participation of underrepresented minority and low-income students in the Running Start program. Specifically this report will provide an overview of national practices and policies in other states for potential solutions to increasing the participation of underrepresented populations in the Running Start program.
Washington Student Achievement Council. P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504. Tel: 360-753-7800; E-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Grade 11; Grade 12
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Student Achievement Council
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Maine; Minnesota; Washington; Wisconsin