California students who took courses in community college while still in high school were more likely than their classmates to graduate and attend a four-year college, even among students who are historically underrepresented in higher education, according to a new report.
The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University’s Teachers College studied a three-year dual enrollment program developed for low-income students, English learners, students who are struggling academically, and those at high risk of dropping out of college. They found that the students stayed in college and earned more
Dual enrollment participation at 8 pilot sites. Source: CCRC. (click to enlarge)
credits than similar students in their district who didn’t participate in the program.
In the report, CCRC researchers wrote that the study “is one of the first to demonstrate that dual enrollment is a promising intervention for students who might otherwise not enroll in college.”
Katherine Hughes, assistant director of CCRC and one of the researchers on the project, told EdSource Today that some students said they came from families that not only didn’t encourage them to attend college, but weren’t even supportive of their graduating from high school. (Read more.)
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