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

This is a report 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

A state to state synopsis of teacher shortages and important state and national resource and data references found here

this is an interesting piece by Caitlyn Shelton entitled, “State-by-state teacher shortages (and what they’re doing about it).  It provides a short description of the state’s awareness of shortages and some insight into initiatives or policy direction taken to remedy teacher shortages.  There are also several reference points for state and national data regarding shortages across the country.  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

Great report with contemporary research references and best funding practices in dual and concurrent credit

The Education Commission of the States is a fantastic resource for both data, research, topical reporting, and reference point for several facets of dual/concurrent enrollment in the country.  the following report State Approaches to Funding Dual Enrollment Programsby Chris Duncombe (Commission of the States Senior Policy Analyst) and Sharmila Mann (Education Commission of the States Strategic Policy Initiatives) includes some great reference materials from NACEP, the College in High School Alliance and several state specific reports and legislative samples.  This […] Read More