Washington State legislature is looking to redress access and affordability challenges for some students

This is a piece written by Taija Perry Cook for Crosscut, and independent news entity with a focus on Seattle, WA and the Northwest region of the country.  The focus is on a couple of related legislative initiatives that address dual credit programing costs and access.  The case references were students aligned with Tacoma Community College;  these are a great complement to the legislative policy – where the student story is best understood.  the story can be found at Dual credit […] Read More

How Can Community Colleges Afford to Offer Dual Enrollment College Courses to High School Students at a Discount?

This is a report https://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu/publications/community-colleges-afford-dual-enrollment-discount.html by Clive Belfield, Davis Jenkins and John Fink for the Community College Research Center (CCRC) that supports funding logic and strategic orientation to different cost and revenue structures.  The Working Paper CCRC February Report – Teacher College, Columbia University  breaks down three economic variables that determine affordability perspectives:  Economies of scale, Student Success, and Yield Surplus. The research includes several references that validate their report.  This is an easily digested report of how to pay for and structure […] Read More

A good opinion piece from James A. Peyser in the Boston Globe with a balanced approach to post secondary choices with a focus on access

There are Innovative college and career programs for high school students. The legislature needs to fund them.There is an interesting shift in perspective here, where post secondary options are often positioned as competing, this piece positions both technical education and four year college as viable, attractive options.  It also clearly demonstrates important positive student success outcomes and benefits that attend dual/concurrent credit programing.  It also weaves in a shift from advanced placement origins for early college experiences to incorporate equity […] Read More