ERIC Number: EJ1022747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Successful Concurrent Programs: An EXCELerate Program in Oklahoma
Vargas, Juanita Gamez; Roach, Rick; David, Kevin M.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v38 n2-3 p166-173 2014
The article presents the implementation and findings of a successful collaborative effort with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE), Tulsa Community College (TCC), and two local public school districts, Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) and Union Public Schools (UPS). Known as EXCELerate, it's a five-semester dual enrollment pilot program that received state policy exceptions for juniors and seniors to enroll in dual enrollment courses and supportive resources from the participating agencies. Whereas the traditional dual enrollment student is White and college-going, the program's intent was to increase the number of high school students who may be first-generation, lower-socioeconomic, ethnic or non-ethnic. The article identifies three major barriers to successful dual enrollment and completion: state policy, financial issues, and transportation. It also examines how these barriers were eliminated through a collaborative effort. The results demonstrate that over 87% of the juniors and seniors persisted over the semesters, and enrollment tripled among African American and Latino students. The article is constructed to benefit further research and practical application for urban and rural community colleges.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Dual Enrollment, Higher Education, State Policy, Barriers, Financial Problems, Transportation, African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Demography
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; High Schools; Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma