October 23–24, 2023
St. Louis, MO

Elevating the Student Voice to Advance Equitable Dual Enrollment

October 23, 10:45–11:30 AM CT

As college and K12 leaders work to strengthen the potential of dual enrollment (DE) to increase college access and success, it is essential to center the voices of students from communities underrepresented in higher education to guide reforms. During this session, presenters will share key takeaways for educators working to advance equity in dual enrollment drawing on new research from DE student focus groups and a multi-institutional survey of DE student experiences. Presenters from the Community College Research Center and Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) will focus on the experiences of Black, Hispanic, and low-income DE students, and how educators can ensure their DE programs are responsive to these students’ primary concerns and requests. Implications for practice will be discussed and presenters will share focus group protocols and survey information to support program evaluation and improvement.


Aurely Garcia Tulloch, Research Assistant, CCRC

Emilio Delboy, Survey Operations Coordinator, Center for Community College Student Engagement

Diving DEEP: A Research-Based Framework for Broadening the Benefits of Dual Enrollment

October 24, 9:00–10:30 AM CT

In this session, John Fink from CCRC will review research on the potential of dual enrollment and present a research-based framework for reform called—‘dual enrollment equity pathways’ or DEEP—that addresses concerns around ‘learning loss’ due to COVID, offers a strategy for colleges to build back enrollments, and is increasingly important for building robust talent supply chains to support regional economies. To illustrate the DEEP framework, leaders from K12/college dual enrollment partnerships with exceptional student outcomes will detail how dual enrollment can be transformed from ‘programs of privilege’ and ‘random acts’ to purposeful models that aim to broaden access and increase quality in college coursework aligned to postsecondary degrees in fields of interest to students.


John Fink, Senior Research Associate and Program Lead, CCRC