The College in High School Alliance (CHSA) has released the first in a series of policy snapshots. These resources are designed to explore specific policy issues impacting college in high school programs such as dual enrollment and early college high school.
CHSA’s first snapshot concerns Improving Eligibility Requirements for Dual Enrollment Programs.
The snapshot provides:
- The equity-based rationale for re-examining eligibility requirements for dual enrollment to adopt multiple measures of entry.
- Examples of states already doing so.
- Action steps for state policymakers to consider to change eligibility requirements for dual enrollment in their own states.
Suggested action steps include the following:
- Examine your state’s existing eligibility criteria for participating in college in high school programs. Does it allow for multiple measures? Does the COVID-19 pandemic make an alternative to the existing eligibility criteria necessary?
- If your state allows college in high school programs to use multiple measures, but programs are not adopting the practice, consider elevating it to a requirement or providing programs with technical assistance to facilitate adoption.
- Adopt a uniform set of multiple measures that programs in the state should use in order to assess student eligibility for dual enrollment. These could be implemented statewide, or piloted in select sites with the intention of then applying statewide if shown to be successful.
- Collect data on student participation and success in the programs to track outcomes of using those measures in promoting equitable participation and success in college in high school programs.