NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Back to results
ERIC Number: ED582909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Rethinking Dual Enrollment to Reach More Students. Promising Practices
Zinth, Jennifer; Barnett, Elisabeth
Education Commission of the States
A substantial and growing body of research indicates that, all other factors being equal, students who dually enroll are more likely than their non-dually-enrolling peers to finish high school, matriculate in a postsecondary institution and experience greater postsecondary success. Spurred by this, states are increasingly viewing dual enrollment as a strategy to promote postsecondary attainment and workforce readiness, and taking steps to broaden student access to dual enrollment coursework. Yet, by and large, state-set eligibility requirements limit dual enrollment access to only the most academically advanced students, who are likely to pursue college after high school regardless. There may be ways to provide dual enrollment and other experiences that put students on the road to college, without running afoul of state and local eligibility requirements. This may include ensuring access to options with lower eligibility expectations or requesting exemptions from current requirements in order to try out alternative eligibility criteria. This brief proposes state approaches to systematically: (1) Broaden dual enrollment access to middle-achieving students, including students who are college-ready but uncertain about their post-high school plans, and students who are not college-ready but would succeed in a dual enrollment course with some support; (2) Provide pre-collegiate experiences to middle- and lower-achieving high school students that will either prepare them for dual enrollment by the final semester of their senior year or help them set their sights on enrolling in college after high school graduation.
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: Utah; California; Florida; New York (New York); Colorado; Kentucky; Wyoming; Idaho; Michigan; Montana; Nevada