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 for college in high school programs.

To help states build a policy framework for college in high school programs that will close equity gaps and promote quality, Unlocking Potential details six critical components and provides policy recommendations for each: 

  • equity goal and public reporting, 
  • program integrity and credit transfer, 
  • finance, 
  • course access and availability, 
  • instructor capacity,
  • navigational supports 

The report also highlights examples from 28 states that have taken steps to build strong state policies.

CHSA also released a report developed by Jennifer Zinth, a national expert on state policy governing college in high school programs titled Funding for Equity: Designing State Dual Enrollment Funding Models to Close Equity Gaps. This report is a deep dive on funding models for these programs, breaking down how states are currently funding dual enrollment, and providing questions and answers about how to best design funding systems to close equity gaps. The report also includes a number of lessons learned and best practices from the most promising dual enrollment funding models currently deployed in states.

For the state policy report, see https://www.collegeinhighschool.org/roadmap

For the funding deep dive, see: https://www.collegeinhighschool.org/finance