Teachers College, Columbia University

Peer Effects of Dual Enrollment Students on Community College Student Outcomes

Date and Time: March 21, 2019 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Kansas City, MO
Venue: Kansas City Marriott Downtown | Andy Kirk A

Fifteen percent of first-time community college students nationwide were dual enrollment (DE) participants in the fall of 2010. There is strong evidence that the number of DE students at community colleges has increased since then, due in part to the rising costs of college. The increasing popularity of DE has important consequences for the outcomes of DE students themselves and for the financing of community colleges. Using up to eight years of administrative data from two states, this study asks whether being exposed to a higher percentage of DE students has any impact on community college students’ performance in mathematics gateway courses, English gateway courses, and subsequent courses in the same subject areas. Researchers use a two-way fixed effects model to address course selection at the individual and college-by-course level, controlling for section level, student-term level, and instructor characteristics. This presentation described their findings, which indicated that a higher proportion of DE peers lowers the passing rate and GPA in the current course and increases the chance of repeating the same course. Researchers also found that the impact is much stronger for English courses than for mathematics course.

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Research Affiliate
Community College Research Center
Research Affiliate
Community College Research Center
Soumya Mishra
Senior Research Assistant

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