The push for dual enrollment, programs that allow high school students to begin earning college credit for free, is on the rise. And for good reason: A recent report released by Boston-based nonprofit Jobs for the Future shows that high school students who took college courses during high school are more likely to enroll in and graduate from college.
Dual-enrollment students are those who have completed college courses while enrolled in a high school that awarded both high school and college credit for their courses. The study has shown that dual-enrollment students were almost 50% more likely to earn a college degree than those who were not enrolled in the program. This is a significant distinction as high school graduates continue to face an increasingly educated and competitive job market.
As the Huffington Post reported, the study followed over 32,000 Texas high school students over the course of six years after graduation. Half the students were dually enrolled while the other half was not and both groups were similar according to their academic and social backgrounds. The impact of dual enrollment was strong across both racial and income lines and dual-enrollment, low-income students proved more likely to attend a four-year university after graduation.
The report urges other states to follow Texas’ example and to employ further college-prep programs designed to target “underrepresented groups in higher education.” This is another crucial wayfor underserved youth to access opportunities that will prepare them for success.
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Ohio is a leader in this area and has many options for high schoolers to earn college credit for free. Be sure to check out School Choice Ohio’s website for the full scoop.