WWC Summary of Evidence for this Intervention

Dual Enrollment Programs

Dual enrollment programs allow high school students to take college courses and earn college credits while still attending high school. Such programs, also referred to as dual credit or early college programs, are designed to boost college access and degree attainment, especially for students typically underrepresented in higher education. Dual enrollment programs support college credit accumulation and degree attainment via at least three mechanisms. First, allowing high school students to experience college-level courses helps them prepare for the social and academic requirements of college while having the additional supports available to high school students; this may reduce the need for developmental coursework. Second, students who accumulate college credits early and consistently are more likely to attain a college degree. Third, many dual enrollment programs offer discounted or free tuition, which reduces the overall cost of college and may increase the number of low socioeconomic status students who can attend and complete college.

Reviewed Research

February 2017
 
Outcome
domain
Effectiveness
rating
Studies meeting standards Grades
examined
Students Improvement
index
Access and enrollment Positive effects 4 studies meet standards 9-12 67,474
 
 
15
Berger, A., Garet, M., Hoshen, G., Knudson, J., & Turk-Bicakci, L. (2014) 9-12 2,458
 
 
12
Edmunds, J., Unlu, F., Glennie, E., Bernstein, L., Fesler, L., Furey, J., & Arshavsky, N. (2015) 9-12 676
 
 
16
Giani, M., Alexander, C., & Reyes, P. (2014) 9-12 31,432
 
 
14
Struhl, B., & Vargas, J. (2012) 11-12 32,908
 
 
19
Attainment Positive effects 5 studies meet standards 9-12 77,249
 
 
25
An, B. P. (2013) 9-12 8,800
 
 
6
Berger, A., Garet, M., Hoshen, G., Knudson, J., & Turk-Bicakci, L. (2014) 9-12 2,458
 
 
38
Edmunds, J., Unlu, F., Glennie, E., Bernstein, L., Fesler, L., Furey, J., & Arshavsky, N. (2015) 9-12 1,651
 
 
42
Giani, M., Alexander, C., & Reyes, P. (2014) 9-12 31,432
 
 
13
Struhl, B., & Vargas, J. (2012) 11-12 32,908
 
 
13
Attendance (high school) Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards 9-12 1,554
 
 
8
Edmunds, J., Unlu, F., Glennie, E., Bernstein, L., Fesler, L., Furey, J., & Arshavsky, N. (2015) 9-12 1,554
 
 
8
College readiness Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards 9-12 1,355
 
 
14
Edmunds, J., Unlu, F., Glennie, E., Bernstein, L., Fesler, L., Furey, J., & Arshavsky, N. (2015) 9-12 1,355
 
 
14
Completing school Positive effects 2 studies meet standards 9-12 4,052
 
 
7
Berger, A., Garet, M., Hoshen, G., Knudson, J., & Turk-Bicakci, L. (2014) 9-12 2,458
 
 
9
Edmunds, J., Unlu, F., Glennie, E., Bernstein, L., Fesler, L., Furey, J., & Arshavsky, N. (2015) 9-12 1,594
 
 
5
Credit accumulation Positive effects 2 studies meet standards 9-12 56,370
 
 
14
Giani, M., Alexander, C., & Reyes, P. (2014) 9-12 23,462
 
 
13
Struhl, B., & Vargas, J. (2012) 11-12 32,908
 
 
16
General academic achievement - college No discernible effects 1 study meets standards 9-12 455 --
Berger, A., Garet, M., Hoshen, G., Knudson, J., & Turk-Bicakci, L. (2014) 9-12 455 --
General academic achievement (high school) Positive effects 2 studies meet standards 9-12 2,817
 
 
7
Berger, A., Garet, M., Hoshen, G., Knudson, J., & Turk-Bicakci, L. (2014) 9-12 2,141
 
 
3
Edmunds, J., Unlu, F., Glennie, E., Bernstein, L., Fesler, L., Furey, J., & Arshavsky, N. (2015) 9-12 676
 
 
13
Staying in school Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards 9-12 676
 
 
16
Edmunds, J., Unlu, F., Glennie, E., Bernstein, L., Fesler, L., Furey, J., & Arshavsky, N. (2015) 9-12 676
 
 
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