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ERIC Number: EJ834634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0194-3081
New Directions for Dual Enrollment: Creating Stronger Pathways from High School through College
Hoffman, Nancy; Vargas, Joel; Santos, Janet
New Directions for Community Colleges, n145 p43-58 Spr 2009
Across the country, increasing numbers and more varied students are taking part in accelerated learning options that provide college-level credit during high school. These options increase the likelihood that students currently underrepresented in higher education will enroll in postsecondary education. Community colleges lead the way in making accelerated learning options available. First, their missions include outreach to high schools and service to their immediate neighborhoods and regions. Second, in many of the 42 states with dual-enrollment policies, public community colleges, not four-year institutions, provide such opportunities. When they are not mandated to do so, community colleges are encouraged and supported in doing so. In this chapter, the authors describe three such options: (1) traditional dual enrollment; (2) dual-enrollment pathways; and (3) early college high schools. The authors then present cases of states and community colleges that have particularly interesting models for these options and review the evidence that such options can do what they claim: increase college success. The authors also discuss how such programs can help a wide range of students and highlight the importance of state policy in encouraging these efforts to create stronger connections among high schools, postsecondary institutions, and the workforce.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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