Dual Enrollment Programs

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High schools nationwide are beginning to offer dual enrollment to “high-risk” students, with the goal of improving the students’ options and opportunities to go to college. Dual-enrollment programs place students in college level courses for credit while they are still in high school, and have traditionally only been offered to high-achieving students.

Now researchers are finding that these kinds of programs also benefit students at risk for dropping out of high school, by giving those students more insight into the process of transitioning from high school to college. and showing them that going to college is a realistic goal to reach for. The programs guide students through the college application process and applying for student loans.

Sometimes they offer mentoring and job shadowing. However, currently only 15 states have colleges and universities that accept dual-enrollment credits. It seems implementing more of dual-enrollment programs nationwide and improving correspondence between high schools and colleges could significantly increase high school graduation rates. The percentage of high school students who choose to attend colleges and universities will likely improve as well.
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Article:Dual Enrollment Programs Show Promise for Non-High Achievers
By Dian Schaffhauser

Is it possible that getting high school kids–even those who considered “high risk”–into college courses as part of a dual enrollment program could increase their chances of success and improve school retention efforts? That’s the conclusion of a recent study on the topic.

Dual enrollment programs give students in high school the chance to take courses for college credit. Typically, they’re taken by students who are doing well academically. While dual enrollment courses are true college courses, they may be taken in the high school–in fact, the authors reported that 74 percent of college classes are taught in the high school. Or they’re taught at a college campus or via online delivery.

To read the full article: www.thejournal.com

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