The Dual Enrollment Playbook: A Guide to Equitable Acceleration for Students

More than a million high school students across the nation participate in dual enrollment each year. Dual enrollment students are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college, and complete college degrees. But students from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups and low-income backgrounds do not have equitable access to or success in dual enrollment. Read more about The Dual Enrollment Playbook: A Guide to Equitable Acceleration for Students[…]

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State Approaches to Ensuring Quality for College in High School Programs

The College in High School Alliance has released the second in a new series of policy snapshots, designed to explore policy issues impacting college in high school programs such as dual enrollment and early college high school.  This snapshot provides a discussion about the importance of states having quality assurance mechanisms for college in high Read more about State Approaches to Ensuring Quality for College in High School Programs[…]

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Improving Eligibility Requirements for Dual Enrollment

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: Read more about Improving Eligibility Requirements for Dual Enrollment[…]

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Promising Results for an Early-College Program

Writing for Inside Higher Ed, Madeline St. Amour reviews the Massachusetts early college program, which is turning out to be one of the strongest solutions to the state’s equity gap. Excerpts from the piece appear below: An early-college program targeted at underrepresented students in Massachusetts is showing strong results — even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about Promising Results for an Early-College Program[…]

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College Classes for HS Students Growing in Popularity

Writing for The 74, Charlotte West reports on the growing popularity of college classes for high school students. With K-12 schools shuttered, COVID is fueling a dual-enrollment boom. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Amber Bennett was 11 when she took her first class at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. As a seventh-grader, she Read more about College Classes for HS Students Growing in Popularity[…]

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Why not eliminate at least one year of high school entirely?

Writing for the Fordham Institute, Kalman R. Hettleman proposes a shortened high school experience to allow students to get a jump-start on postsecondary education. Excerpts from the piece appear below. Michael J. Petrilli’s recent article “Half-Time High School may be just what students need“ is compelling. Yet proposals to cut school time in half in Read more about Why not eliminate at least one year of high school entirely?[…]

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How can states jump-start college learning in high school?

ExcelinEd recently released a 2-minute video exploring college acceleration opportunities. College acceleration opportunities offer high school students the chance to prepare for college-level expectations while earning valuable college credit.  Best of all, the earned credit from opportunities like Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), dual credit, Read more about How can states jump-start college learning in high school?[…]

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New Program Gives Low-Income HS Students College Credit and a Pathway to Higher Ed

Writing for The 74, Phyllis Jordan explains a new program that is bringing college-level coursework into Title I schools. Excerpts from the piece appear below: Leaders at selective colleges and universities often say they want to recruit high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds – but can’t find them. A new program that brings college coursework into Read more about New Program Gives Low-Income HS Students College Credit and a Pathway to Higher Ed[…]

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How Do You Keep 21st Century Students Engaged? By Building Up Their ‘Vocational Selves’

Writing for The 74, Bruno Manno explores programs that help nurture students’ occupational identities and vocational selves. Excerpts from the piece appear below: New partnerships are emerging across the U.S. that create innovative educational approaches to preparing America’s young people for jobs, careers and further education, helping them develop an occupational identity and vocational self. Read more about How Do You Keep 21st Century Students Engaged? By Building Up Their ‘Vocational Selves’[…]

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Achievement Quandaries

Recently, Chester Finn reflected on a new study which finds that achievement gaps have not closed in the last 50 years and educational improvements have not been seen at the high school level. Excerpts appear below: An ambitious, important new piece of analysis in Education Next concludes that young Americans across the socioeconomic spectrum have Read more about Achievement Quandaries[…]

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Early College High Schools May Pay for Themselves in the Long Run

Some solutions in education are expensive. Take early college high schools, which give students a head start on their college degrees but cost about $3,800 extra per student. Are they worth it? New research suggests that these schools might actually pay for themselves in long-term benefits to both students and the public as a whole. Read more about Early College High Schools May Pay for Themselves in the Long Run[…]

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February Issue Brief: Dual Enrollment

Whether you call it early college high school, dual enrollment, or college acceleration, the line is blurring between high school and college, and for good reason. Students who earn college credit in high school are more likely to graduate high school as well as earn a four-year degree, and they do so earlier in life Read more about February Issue Brief: Dual Enrollment[…]

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Dual Enrollment Access Policy Snapshot

A new policy scan from Education Commission of the States reveals the incredible growth of dual enrollment policies across the nation. Because dual enrollment programs offer advanced learning opportunities to high schoolers and can lower the cost of college for students and families, state policymakers have been looking at ways to expand access to these Read more about Dual Enrollment Access Policy Snapshot[…]

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Early College: The Little Reform Bundle That Could

Recently, Tom Vander Ark reviewed the literature on early college high school for the Fordham Institute. Excerpts of his piece appear below: Ten years ago I called early college high schools the best philanthropic initiative in education that never scaled. But the idea keeps chugging along gaining steam with policy and practice innovations. It’s now Read more about Early College: The Little Reform Bundle That Could[…]

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College Acceleration for All? Mapping Racial/Ethnic Gaps in Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Participation

Researchers from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University are working with Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program to improve the outcomes of college acceleration strategies for underrepresented high school students, particularly students of color and those from low-income families. This research project is designed to better understand the drivers that can increase equitable access Read more about College Acceleration for All? Mapping Racial/Ethnic Gaps in Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Participation[…]

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Equity and Early College Experiences

The College in High School Alliance (CHSA) has partnered with the Level Up coalition to publish Unlocking Potential: A State Policy Roadmap for Equity and Quality in College in High School Programs. This resource can serve as a roadmap for states that want to design policy that drives meaningful change in access, equity, and quality Read more about Equity and Early College Experiences[…]

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