Dual Enrollment Initiative

Overview

Dual Enrollment Initiative

SREB’s Dual Enrollment Initiative is working with states to find effective solutions to dual enrollment concerns such as cost and equity. The project is exploring how dual enrollment can: 

  • make college more affordable for students from a wide range of income groups
  • provide quality educational experiences for students from all geographic areas and racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • help states meet their educational attainment and workforce goals

SREB’s Dual Enrollment Initiative is working with states to find effective solutions to dual enrollment concerns such as cost and equity. The project is exploring how dual enrollment can: 

  • make college more affordable for students from a wide range of income groups
  • provide quality educational experiences for students from all geographic areas and racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • help states meet their educational attainment and workforce goals

Dual Enrollment Initiative Objectives

  1. Increase understanding of research on dual enrollment.
  2. Examine how dual enrollment is financed and who pays for what.
  3. Identify policies and practices that have successfully expanded dual enrollment opportunities for students from a wide range of backgrounds.
  4. Motivate and support policymakers and education leaders in using state data to examine the extent to which their policies and practices encourage or inhibit student success.

Outcomes

Between July 2019 and June 2021, the Dual Enrollment Initiative will:

  1. Engage policymakers, state and local educational leaders, K-12 and postsecondary educators, and students from all SREB states.
  2. Disseminate promising policies and practices.
  3. Provide technical assistance to SREB states to improve dual enrollment delivery and experiences for students.
Publication June 202034 pages

Dual Enrollment Research
A Comprehensive Review

Part of the ongoing work of SREB’s Dual Enrollment Initiative, this comprehensive review is intended to help policymakers better understand what the research tells us (and what it doesn’t) about dual enrollment. The research analyzes more than 500 journal articles, master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, web documents and books from 1959 to 2019.

FULL REPORT

BIBLIOGRAPHY

News
Dual Enrollment Research: A Comprehensive Review. Dual definitions lead to confusion. Programs vary widely. Correlation does not prove cause.

Data, Definitions Limit What We Know About Dual Enrollment
SREB publishes comprehensive review of research

States need better data to measure whether dual enrollment programs are realizing their promise, says a review of existing research published by the Southern Regional Education Board this week.

To determine return on investment and improve dual credit programs, states will need to clarify their goals, be sure policies support them, and collect data that connects students’ K-12 and postsecondary experiences.

Post

Equity in Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment options have not reached their potential for all students, especially for students of color, low-income students and those in rural areas, according to U.S. and state studies. Keeping dual enrollment affordable is one essential strategy.