Education Receives $400,000 for Dual Enrollment
Colorado Department of Higher Education receives $400,000 federal grant to study dual enrollment
The U.S. Department of Education award will fund research analyzing costs, college outcomes of dual enrollment programs through a unique research partnership
DENVER – Oct. 5, 2017: The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) has received a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to carry out cutting edge research on the benefits of dual enrollment. This research supports the recently released Colorado Rises: Advancing Education and Talent Development, a statewide master plan for higher education, which names dual enrollment as a tool to improve student success by increasing persistence and retention and decreasing time to degree.
With funding through June 2019, the partnership’s initial work will analyze costs, college outcomes and return on investment for dual enrollment programs statewide with a focus on the following school districts and institutions:
- Denver Public Schools/Community College of Denver
- Aurora Public Schools/Community College of Aurora
- Salida School District and Delta County School District/Western State Colorado University
“Bringing college directly to high school students is an essential strategy for reaching our statewide attainment goal and erasing equity gaps in our higher education system,” said Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, executive director of CDHE. “This study will help us identify the hallmarks of successful dual enrollment programs as we look to make them universally available to Colorado students.
More than 38,000 Colorado students took at least one dual enrollment course during the 2015-2016 academic year, according to CDHE’s Annual Report on Concurrent Enrollment, and nearly 1,500 students earned some type of postsecondary credential upon graduation. About one-third of all Colorado juniors and seniors participate in a dual enrollment program.