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The Postsecondary Achievement of Participants in Dual Enrollment: An Analysis of Student Outcomes in Two States

By: Melinda Mechur Karp, Juan Carlos Calcagno, Katherine L. Hughes, Dong Wook Jeong & Thomas Bailey

Abstract

The Postsecondary Achievement of Participants in Dual Enrollment: An Analysis of Student Outcomes in Two States

Dual enrollment programs enable high school students to enroll in college courses and earn college credit. Though dual enrollment programs have typically been reserved for academically focused students, growing numbers of career and technical education (CTE) programs are offering dual enrollment opportunities to students.

This study uses rigorous quantitative methods to examine the impact of dual enrollment participation on students in the State of Florida and in New York City. At both locations, the authors examine postsecondary outcomes for participating CTE students. In Florida, they also examine the outcomes of dual enrollment participation for all students. 

The analysis suggests that dual enrollment can improve postsecondary success for all students, including those in CTE programs.

An article based on this study, "Dual Enrollment Can Benefit a Broad Range of Students," was published in Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers, vol. 83(7).

A brief of this paper, Dual Enrollment Students in Florida and New York City: Postsecondary Outcomes, is available for download.