Expanding Dual Enrollment as an Equity Tool
DE Spotlight Presentations at our monthly Bay Region Dual Enrollment Exchange meetings often highlight equity conversations. For example, check out the summary of Wheelhouse & Pace Research presentation on the DE Spotlight page.
Expanding Populations Served by Dual Enrollment
Improving College Access and Success through Dual Enrollment (PPIC, August 2023) Evaluation of the impact of CCAP dual enrollment on the populations it is intended to serve. Interviews with CCAP representatives from 13 community colleges helped PPIC gain insight into efforts that had made the CCAP program a success and areas where the program still faced challenges. (Video)
Data: College in High School Programs & Data: Reporting and Using Dual Enrollment Data to Improve Equity (College in High School Alliance, November 2021) Includes:
Rethinking Dual Enrollment to Reach More Students (2018) Discusses state approaches that systematically broaden dual enrollment access and provide pre-collegiate experiences to middle- and lower-achieving students.
Jumpstart: Setting Goals to Drive Equitable Dual Enrollment Participation in California’s Community Colleges: The report analyzes data from the community colleges across the state to see if we’re equitably serving Black, Native, and Latinx students through dual enrollment and finds that we are not yet doing so, and outlines a policy and practice agenda that K-12 and community college leaders can implement to jumpstart efforts for more equitable dual enrollment practices.
The accompanying data tool visually represents the levels of racial equity in dual enrollment across CA’s high school and community college districts. This is a great tool for local education leaders to evaluate the level of racial representation in their dual enrollment programs.
Dual Enrollment for Students from Special Populations: Improving College Transitions for English Learners, Students with Disabilities, Foster Youth, and Young People Experiencing Homelessness (JFF) (February 2021)
Dual Enrollment for Special Populations: Leveraging a High-Impact Strategy for California’s Most Underserved Students (April 1st, 2021) Wheelhouse & JFF presentation recording
Unlocking Potential: A State Policy Roadmap for Equity and Quality in College in High School Programs for Students With Disabilities (2021) College in High School Alliance brings together context for how to being intentional about closing equity gaps, accurately measuring them and how to create accountability to close the gaps.
Black Student Success in Dual Enrollment: A Case Study (Presentation) (CABSE 2021, from Career Ladders Project (CLP))
Dual Enrollment Non-Credit to Meet High School Requirements (Cabrillo College) Provides guidance on how high schools can accept non-credit dual enrollment classes to meet high school requirements.
AB 102 College and Career Access Pathways partnerships : This bill extends those provisions related to CCAP partnerships indefinitely and add language specify that “high school,” as used in the bill, includes a community school, continuation high school, or juvenile court school. The bill would also authorize county offices of education to enter into CCAP partnerships with the governing boards of community college districts in accordance with these provisions. This expanded definition is critical to extending the reach of dual enrollment to a broader set of student populations.
CCAP with ROPs (CCAP Example): CCAPs are allowable with ROPs. This is an example CCAP agreement between a community college and an ROP.
Ability to Benefit: Dual Enrollment (National College Transition Network)
Includes a link to the Ability to Benefit State Leadership (June 2020) webinar.
Students with Disabilities
California Alternative Pathways to a High School Diploma Workgroup Report Provides workgroup findings regarding existing and potential additional pathways to a high school diploma for students with disabilities. The report could be used to inform development of pathways that meet the needs of this student group.
Dual Enrollment for Foster Youth: Toward Effective Practice (February 2022 from CLP) Lessons learned from a 16-month pilot project with three sites across California (the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire ) to explore what it might take to support foster youth in dual enrollment.
Designing Dual Enrollment to Reach English Learners (December 2020 from JFF)
Justice System Involved Youth
Rising Scholars Network AB 417 authorized the Chancellor Office of the California Community Colleges to establish this program to enter into agreements with up to 50 community colleges to provide additional funds for services in support of postsecondary education for justice-involved students. The website provides resources and information that will help inform programs serving this population. Their website has many resources for practitioners.
Underground Scholars Language Guide Provides guidance on humanizing language to use when discussing individual or group identities and experiences in work with individuals involved in the carceral system.
Youth Justice Initiative Application Deep Dive + Dual Enrollment (Rising Scholars) (February 2nd, 2023)
Equity & Dual Enrollment
College acceleration for all? Mapping racial gaps in Advanced Placement and dual enrollment participation (December 2020) Di Xu, Sabrina Solanki, and John Fink: Discusses the patterns of racial enrollment gaps in AP and DE programs across thousands of US school districts. To explain these racial disparities in college acceleration programs, analyzes how school-related and non-school factors influence these gaps.
Broadening the Benefits of Dual Enrollment: Reaching Underachieving and Underrepresented Students with Career-Focused Programs (2012) This research study from the Community College Research Study (CCRC) informed AB 288 legislation.
The Dual Enrollment Playbook: A Guide to Equitable Acceleration for Students (2020) The Aspen Institute and Community College Research Center has created a playbook that identifies five principles and the supporting strategies and practices through which community colleges and K-12 leaders can advance equity in high-quality dual enrollment and developed equity tools for assessing equitable practices at community colleges and high schools.
Leading With Equity in Dual Enrollment (Aspen Institute Webinar)
Funding for Equity: Designing State Dual Enrollment Funding Models to Close Equity Gaps (October 2019) Provides insights that will help guide state policy agendas. Funding guidance for states, school districts, & colleges.
Equitable Transitions During Pandemic Disruptions (June 2020) This report highlights a recommendation to strengthen statewide dual enrollment to improve systems alignment because strong dual enrollment programs serve as a clear on-ramp to a credential of value.
A Leg Up on College: The Scale & Distribution of Community College Participation Among California High School Students (2020) & Rising the Tide (follow-up): Research from Wheelhouse, PACE and the CA EdLab
Dual Enrollment and Guided Pathways Converge for Equity: A Case Study (CLP November 2019)
College in High School Programs & Data: Reporting and Using Dual Enrollment Data to Improve Equity (College in High School Alliance & Data Quality Campaign 2021) As a cornerstone of establishing the policy environment necessary to support increased college access and success for students through dual enrollment, states, school districts, and colleges must collect, publicly report, and use data on participation and success in these opportunities.
OER in Dual Enrollment: Leveraging Open Educational Resources to Expand Equitable Access (October 2021) This report from SREB and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact provides an overview of policies across 50 states and recommendations on OER adoption and usage examines how the use of open educational resources (OER) can make dual enrollment courses more cost-effective and increase college access for more students.