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Relationship between dual and concurrent enrollment program participation and secondary and postsecondary academic outcomes

Region:
Northeast & Islands
Abstract:

Description: Given the fast growth and high interest in dual and concurrent enrollment, and the large and persistent gaps in postsecondary outcomes among different student groups, stakeholders in Rhode Island would like to understand the relationship between student participation in such programs and postsecondary outcomes for students who graduate from high school and enroll in college.

Through the Rhode Island Pipelines to College and Careers Partnership, REL Northeast & Islands will examine the effect of participation in Rhode Island's accelerated college credit programs on students' secondary and postsecondary academic outcomes. Researchers will also explore the relationship between the type of accelerated college credit program—such as dual versus concurrent enrollment—and student outcomes.

Research Questions:

  1. Does participation in Rhode Island's accelerated college credit programs affect students' high school completion, college enrollment, college readiness, college persistence, or college completion?
    1. Do these effects differ between economically disadvantaged students and their peers?
  2. Is the type of accelerated college credit program associated with high school completion, college enrollment, college readiness, college persistence, or college completion? Specifically, how do student academic outcomes compare among students who enrolled in dual enrollment courses, enrolled in concurrent enrollment courses, and/or earned college credits through other programs such as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate, and those who did not earn college credits in high school?

Study Design: The study will use data from the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (2015/16–2018/19) in a quasi-experimental design with propensity score matching.

Projected Release Date: Fall 2021

Partnership or Research Alliance: Rhode Island Pipelines to College and Career Research Partnership

Related Products: Making Connections report
Data management plan (PDF: 188 KB)

Principal Investigators & Affiliation:

Katherine Shields, Ph.D, Education Development Center
Jessica Bailey, Ph.D, Education Development Center
Makoto Hanita, Ph.D, Education Development Center