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Jobs for the future tackles prominent obstacles facing rural schools dual enrollment with a case study in Texas

This is a very honest assessment of the types of challenges facing rural schools when designing and delivering dual credit programing. The Executive Summary for the case study provides a quick overview of the challenges along with general suggestions about redressing them.  The Full Case Study of Three Rural Texas High Schools is actually a pretty quick read as well. Read More

Here’s a forward post from Amy Williams of the National Alliance of Concurrent Education Partnerships (NACEP) that compare AP course work to Dual/Concurrent Credit Coursework

Advanced Placement Compared to Dual Credit NACEP provided a collection of recently published articles that look at the similarities and differences in AP courses and Dual Credit courses.  Each of these were created to meet the high achievement student’s need for greater academic challenge.  Dual credit is shifting away from a primary focus on high achievers to redress access and diversity objectives for students that target post-secondary aspirations.  These articles provide a solid understanding of the various benefits and challenges […] Read More

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

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

Dual Credit Bill Advances to House Floor in W. VA.

“West Virginia’s Dept. of Education says in a fiscal note that for the 2020-2021school year, 7,873 high school students enrolled in 16,046 courses.”   Author, David Beard of the Dominion Post writes that the dual credit courses would lean toward STEM content areas and that the legislature is considering underwriting a four year pilot project paid for – possibly – from surplus. Read More

K-12 Teacher Shortages top the list of higher education leaders’ concerns

This article by Natalie Schwartz in the Higher Ed Dive Workforce development, K-12 teacher shortages includes teacher shortages as a key concern of higher education leaders…a referenced working paper in the article from Brown University quantified the K-12 shortage at “36,000 with an additional 163,000 roles filled by underqualified teachers.” Read More

Another good look at equity, access, and the impact of covid on dual credit course offerings

this article by Kelly Field in the Christian Science Monitor is a good review of both the increased popularity in dual credit and the challenges of making them accessible and affordable for all students.  read on at College while in high school: How dual credit is aiming for equity Read More

The College in High School Alliance provides a heads up on new IPEDS data collection on dual credit – including insight into community college enrollment impacts of dual credit students

Citing the Community College Research Center analysis of enrollments between 2019 and 2221 that uses new IPEDS data, we’re now able to see the impact of dual credit on post secondary institutions enrollment counts.  To see the link to the CCRC’s analysis, go to:  What happened to Community College Enrollment During the First Years of the Pandemic? It Depends on the Student’s Age Read More

Kansas public universities finalizing plan in response to shortage of K-12 teachers

Tim Carpenter of the Kansas Reflector writes a concise summary of the basics in describing not only Kansas’s challenge in affecting enrollment in teaching programs, but – by extension – many other states gaps in the flow of people toward a teaching career.  He provides a frank discussion about the reasons for declines in teacher education degrees as well as the strategic responses under consideration by the State of Kansas.  to read the article, go toThe Wichita Eagle publication for […] Read More