Dual Enrollment Increases College Success –

It may come as no surprise that dual enrollment—high school students taking college classes—increases the likeliness of students attending and completing college.

A new report by Jobs for the Future, a Boston-based education nonprofit organization, analyzes tracking data of students who graduated from Texas high schools in 2004. This enabled examination of whether or not these students went to college and if they completed a degree.

Taking into account the notion that students who participate in dual enrollment are already more likely to achieve college success, the study uses a research methodology—analyzing 32,908 students, half being dual enrollees and the other half academically and demographically similar students who were not dual enrollees—to compare students who are similar, aside from their participation in dual enrollment.

The study found that high school students who completed a college course prior to graduating were more than twice as likely to enroll in a Texas two- or- four-year college and almost 50% more likely to earn a college degree than students who did not participate in dual enrollment. These findings were consistent among all racial groups as well as students from low-income families.

While recent reports have suggested that students are entering college academically unprepared, report authors hope findings of the study will appeal to lawmakers to encourage more dual enrollment and support efforts to use dual enrollment as a strategy to increase college readiness and success, especially among minorities and low-income students, who are underrepresented in higher education.

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