Dual enrollment gives struggling students a college try

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California students who took courses in community college while still in high school were more likely than their classmates to graduate and attend a four-year college, even among students who are historically underrepresented in higher education, according to a new report.

The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University’s Teachers College studied a three-year dual enrollment program developed for low-income students, English learners, students who are struggling academically, and those at high risk of dropping out of college. They found that the students stayed in college and earned more credits than similar students in their district who didn’t participate in the program.

In the report, CCRC researchers wrote that the study “is one of the first to demonstrate that dual enrollment is a promising intervention for students who might otherwise not enroll in college.”

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