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Despite the major disruption the pandemic has caused for students, education leaders have an opportunity to re-imagine how strategies, like dual enrollment, can transform our systems and students’ lives. In Jumpstart: Setting Goals to Drive Equitable Dual Enrollment Participation in California’s Community Colleges, we analyze data from California’s community colleges to see if they are equitably serving Black, Native, and Latinx students through dual enrollment – and we find they are not yet doing so. This inequitable participation in dual enrollment is not just a challenge for community colleges to solve, this is also an opportunity for K-12 local education leaders to work to provide their students with more opportunities to graduate high school prepared to thrive in higher education.

In Jumpstart, we have shared a policy and practice agenda that we believe, both, K-12 and higher education leaders can and should implement. We take a look at the current landscape of dual enrollment to see who is participating in dual enrollment, especially Black, Latinx, and Native students. Fortunately, there are Community College districts that are equitably serving those students, and we take a closer look at their numbers.
What is dual enrollment?

Dual enrollment is an opportunity that allows high school students to take college courses for credit, and has the potential to be a powerful lever for the success of California’s high school and postsecondary students.

Depending on the program, dual enrollment courses can be offered at high schools, college campuses, or online.

In-depth data from the report:

Our Recommendations for Jumpstarting Dual Enrollment in California

  • Establish dual enrollment goals and engage in data collection and evaluation efforts to inform planning.
  • Strengthen and engage in new partnerships between colleges and school districts and direct resources to ensure equitable program expansion.
  • Engage in focused recruitment strategies to drive the participation of underrepresented groups.

Join us in February for a webinar on dual enrollment!

To learn more about this report and how we can jumpstart equity in dual enrollment across California, join us for our upcoming webinar 20th Anniversary Speaker Series: Mapping Racial Equity in CA’s Community College Dual Enrollment, happening Wednesday, 2/23 at 4pm. Register Here.

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