Posts Tagged ‘dual enrollment’

Study: Texas Dual Enrollment Students Twice as Likely to Earn Associate Degree or Higher

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Dual enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college courses while in high school, and research suggests that participation could increase the likelihood that students will attend and graduate from college. Another recent study, following more than 30,000 Texas high school graduates, adds to a growing body of research that supports dual enrollment as a powerful connector of high school and postsecondary education.

For six years, Jobs for the Future, a nonprofit organization helping align education with high-demand careers, followed the 2004 Texas high school graduates. Half of the students had participated in dual enrollment opportunities while in high school, and the other half had not.

The findings from the Texas study are powerful:

Jobs for the Future recommends that policymakers expand dual enrollment opportunities for students. State policy should ensure support and policies to support low-income and underrepresented students in participating in dual enrollment.

Through programs of study that strategically connect secondary education with postsecondary and workforce options, Career Technical Education (CTE) widely supports student participation in dual enrollment programs as a research-based path to postsecondary credential and degree completion.

Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager  

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State CTE Profiles Update Reflects Latest CTE Data, Funding Trends

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

The State CTE Profile webpage, a resource that provides an overview of Career Technical Education (CTE) in each state, has been updated to reflect the latest trends and initiatives impacting CTE in the states. Highlights include:

Want to learn more about CTE trends across the nation? Check this fall when NASDCTEc will release trend analysis papers — on Career Clusters â„¢ and programs of study, CTE teacher/faculty recruitment and retention, CTE funding, and CTE governance — based on states’ most recent CTE information.

State CTE Profiles can be accessed here.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

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Study: Benefits of Dual Enrollment Are Clear for California Students

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

A new study from the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University found that career-focused dual enrollment programs benefit underachieving and underrepresented students.

Broadening the Benefits of Dual Enrollment examines outcomes for over 3,000 California students participating in eight dual enrollment programs over a three year period. The study found that students participating in the program, called the Concurrent Courses Initiative, were more likely to graduate from high school, enroll and persist in four-year colleges, and accumulate more college credits. Participating students are also less likely to require remedial postsecondary courses.

Read the full report here. A brief for practitioners is also available.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

By Kara in Research

Studies Indicate Positive Outcomes for Dual Enrollment Students

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

At a briefing on Capitol Hill last week, experts gathered to discuss recent research on dual enrollment, a strategy that allows high school students to earn college credits.

Dual enrollment, used widely in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, allows students to experience postsecondary education while getting a head start on college coursework. Research cited by panelists at the briefing suggests that participation in dual enrollment is positively related to college enrollment and persistence, grade point average, and number of credits earned a student.

A study from the City University of New York found that CTE students who completed two or more dual enrollment courses were more likely to enroll in college full-time and earned a higher grade point average than their peers who completed just one dual enrollment course.

Research completed in Florida suggests that the classroom location of dual enrollment courses matters. Students who took dual enrollment courses on a college campus were more likely to enroll in college and attain a degree, whereas students taking dual enrollment classes on a high school campus did not show significantly improved college outcomes.

Panelists also discussed actions for states and schools to take to increase the use of dual enrollment including:

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

By Kara in Research

New Democrat Coalition Releases ESEA Framework

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The New Democrat Coalition, a group of moderate members of the House, released a framework for the reauthorization of ESEA. The framework stresses the need for a comprehensive approach to reauthorization, calling well-educated students “the foundation for a strong workforce, globally competitive businesses, and sustainable economic growth.”

Some of the principles outlined in the framework that are relevant to CTE include:

“These principles will guide us in promoting best practices learned from schools, including charter and magnet schools, and replicate in other schools for positive outcomes. We need to encourage non-traditional approaches to education, such as partnerships with the private sector, to encourage innovation in education. We then need to find successful ways to disseminate this information to discover innovative ways to improve educator effectiveness for better student outcomes.” said Rep. Susan Davis (CA), New Democrat Education Task Force Co-Chair.

Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manager


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Fall Meeting: Focus on Program Quality: Partnerships

Monday, October 31st, 2011

For this session, panelists discussed how partnerships help to improve Career Technical Education programs and offerings for students, including business partnerships and connections between learner levels.

Alaska State Director Helen Mehrkens moderated the panel which included Gretchen Koch, Senior Director, Workforce Development Programs of CompTIA, and Curtis Biggs of the National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.

Koch outlined how CompTIA has been the Information Technology (IT) Career Clusterâ„¢ and National Advisory Committee Leader since 2006, and that CompTIA participated in the development of new Green IT Pathways. Different partnering organizations they work with include:

• Partnering on Advocacy for CTE: Sullivan High School CTE Program for Health Sciences, with Senator Durbin (D-IL)
• Partnering with Federal Agencies such as the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, and the Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education
• Partnering with CTE Programs including Chicago Public Schools, the Illinois IT Task Force, Illinois Race to the Top, and Illinois Health IT Task Force
• Partnering with other Career Clusters™

Koch also showed how Health and IT Career Clustersâ„¢ were cross walked for secondary and postsecondary programs of study; implementation pilot program of study is at Chicago Public Schools.

The National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships’ (NACEP) Representative, Curtis Biggs, explained how NACEP Standards and Accreditation strengthen dual credit programs. Sharing how accelerated learning options – concurrent enrollment, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, among several models – are accepted by public institutions, Biggs showed how the NACEP standards strengthen an institution’s dual credit program by:

• Giving students assurance that they are taking true college courses;
• Aiding students in seeking credit recognition;
• Enhancing reputation of college and high school partners;
• Leverage to gain commitments from college faculty and staff;
• Enhancing relationships and cooperation of all partner groups;
• The knowledge that school districts value accreditation when communicating with parents; and
• Schools consulting with college when making new hires.

Koch and Biggs shared a PowerPoint of their joint presentation, which provides additional information on large-scale research results comparing students who took dual or concurrent enrollment compared to those who did not.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

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KY Governor Announces Dual and Concurrent Enrollment Initiative

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Jobs that provide family-sustaining wages increasingly require postsecondary credentials and certificates, and one governor is determined to better equip secondary students with college credits and certificates to ease the transition to postsecondary education or the workforce.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced this month an initiative to provide dual and concurrent enrollment for secondary students in the state. “This agreement moves Kentucky closer to a seamless education system that prepares every graduate for a successful career,” said Governor Beshear. “It helps us motivate students to stay in school by increasing the relevance of their coursework, which allows them a direct path to a broad range of opportunities.”

The initiative, a partnership between several education and workforce offices in Kentucky, allows high school students to simultaneously earn high school and college credits for approved academic and Career Technical Education (CTE) courses. For the 70 percent of secondary students in Kentucky enrolled in CTE courses, the addition of dual and concurrent enrollment programs will likely spur more students to attain postsecondary degrees and credentials.

President of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Michael McCall, stated that “Providing students with the ability to earn college credits in high school is just one way we are providing real career opportunities to Kentuckians and transforming the state’s economy.”

Learn more about dual enrollment and CTE here.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst

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Legislative Update: House Hearing on Higher Ed and Jobs

Friday, August 19th, 2011

On Tuesday, the House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training hosted a field hearing in South Carolina, “Reviving Our Economy: The Role of Higher Education in Job Growth and Development.” The hearing featured two panel discussions: The first examined the local economy and job opportunities, and the second focused on the ability of higher education institutions to successfully prepare graduates to join the workforce.

During the second panel, Dr. Keith Miller, President of Greenville Technical College, spoke about the importance of partnerships between education and employers to ensure economic success. His college is working with employers to bridge the skills gaps that exist industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and IT. Dr. Miller encouraged members to support WIA funding and talked about the benefit of dual enrollment programs. While he did not speak about Perkins specifically, it is important that the subcommittee heard about the skills gaps that exist and the need to train workers to fill existing jobs. Hearing this message from constituents reinforces the message that we take the Hill with us – that Perkins funding and CTE programs are the key drivers in training these workers and closing the skills gap.

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AYPF Webinar This Week – Rural High Schools Preparing Students through CTE and Dual Enrollment

Monday, July 25th, 2011

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit professional development organization for policymakers, practitioners and researchers, is holding a webinar this Thursday to describe how rural schools are preparing students for college and careers through dual enrollment and Career Technical Education (CTE). The webinar will feature speakers from two rural high schools as well as John White, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education. Read more

Date: Thursday, 7/28/2011
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 ET

Click here to register for this webinar.

Kara Herbertson, Education Policy Analyst,

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Legislative Update: Budget, Jobs Hearing, ESEA, Fast Track to College Act

Friday, January 28th, 2011

House Republicans Set Budget Levels for FY11

This week the House passed House Resolution 38, which directs Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (WI) to issue budget allocations for FY 11 non-security discretionary spending at FY 08 levels or lower. The House approved the resolution by a vote of 256-165, with all Republicans and 17 Democrats voting for it. Allocations at FY08 levels would mean a 13.6 percent cut in federal programs across the board, and would result in a $9.42 billion reduction in spending for education programs from the current funding level.

Chairman Ryan is slated to provide the House Appropriations Committee with figures the week of February 7  that they can use to prepare a continuing resolution (CR). House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA) wants a vote on the CR the week of February 14 before the current CR expires in March. President Obama is also scheduled to release his FY12 budget the week of February 14.

House Holds Hearing on American Workforce

The House Education and Workforce Committee held its first hearing of the 112th Congress this week, State of the American Workforce, which focused on the current state of the U.S. workforce and strategies to encourage the private sector to hire new workers. In his testimony, Gov. Bob McDonnell (VA) spoke about his state’s goal to graduate an additional 100,000 postsecondary students, especially in high demand STEM fields. During questioning, Rep. Bobby Scott (VA) asked if “vocational education opportunities” would be part of this plan, and McDonnell stated that two-year certificates and Associate degrees will help individuals obtain well paying jobs.

Administration and Senate Vow to Work Together on ESEA This Year

On a call with media this week Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee’s chairman Sen. Tom Harkin (IA), ranking member Sen. Mike Enzi (WY), and Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN), the ranking member of the subcommittee overseeing K-12 policy, said that they intend to move quickly and in a bipartisan manner on a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Some areas of agreement included: changing the AYP system, focusing on the lowest performing schools, advancing teacher evaluation systems, and disaggregating data by subgroups.

Harkin stated that he would like to have a bill ready for mark up by the Easter recess, and on the floor by the summer. He said the committee is going begin writing the legislation, without further hearings (the committee held 10 hearings last year).

Fast Track to College Act

This week Herb Kohl (WI) introduced S. 154, Fast Track to College Act, which would authorize the Secretary of Education to make grants to support early college high schools and other dual enrollment programs in an effort to reduce high school dropout rates and improve access to college for students.

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