“One of the concerns that college faculty expressed to me when we were starting dual-credit classes is that we will not get those students to take our classes on campus. Experience has shown that the opposite is true. Some of the dual-credit students realize that the quality of their classes is high and may enroll for one or more years at the same community college where they took dual-credit courses. The parochial school in Northern Illinois that we worked with increased enrollment of its graduates from thirteen to fourteen freshmen a year to forty to forty-five at the college. The stigma of enrolling in a community college rather than a university often disappears or is of minimal concern once the college proves itself through the continued success of the dual-credit students,” p. 37.
Andrews, H. A. (2000). Lessons Learned from Current State and National Dual-CreditPrograms. New Directions For Community Colleges, 2000(111), 31.
Do high school students who take dual credit courses succeed when they go on to college?
An array of evidence says that dual credit students do succeed:
* Dual credit students have a higher college participation rate than high school graduates overall. Of Oregon’s dual credit seniors in 2007‐08, 81.4% continued to some form of postsecondary education by the following winter, compared to 72.6% of Oregon’s high school graduating class of 2005, the last year statewide participation rates were available.
* Dual credit students who go on to college continue to the second year at a higher rate than freshmen who enter college without having earned dual credit. Within the cohort of freshmen who entered OUS in fall 2008, 87.0% of those who took dual credit in 2007‐08 continued to the second year of college, compared to 79.9% of those who did not. The correlation between dual credit enrollment and freshman persistence exists even after controlling for academic strength and other predictive influences on student advancement.
* Among freshmen who continue to the second year of college, dual credit participants earn a higher first‐ year GPA. For the population of freshmen entering OUS in 2008‐09 and returning the following year, those who took high school dual credit in 2007‐08 completed the first year of college with an average GPA of 3.13, compared to 2.97 for those who did not take dual credit.
* Students who continue to the second year of college accumulate more college credit if they take dual credit in high school. In 2008‐09, among freshmen new to OUS who returned the following year, dual credit and non‐dual credit students alike completed an average of 44 credits. But dual credit students amassed far more cumulative credit. By the start of the second fall, they had accumulated 61.3 college credits, more by almost a full term’s worth than the 49.8 credits accumulated by their classmates who took no dual credit in high school.
Dual Credit in Oregon 2010 Follow Up
Other Key Dual Enrollment Research can be found HERE.