A report from The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and Hobsons discusses dual enrollment. For the purpose of this report dual enrollment refers to the following:
Any course or program offered for high school students to earn college
credit through a postsecondary institution.
Credit for courses or the program may be earned at both the high school
and college level simultaneously or only at the college level.
Credit may be earned immediately upon completion of individual courses,
upon completion of the program, or upon enrollment after high school
Courses and programs may be taught on a college campus, on a high school
campus, at some other location, or through distance education.
International Baccalaureate (IB) programs and Advanced Placement (AP)
courses are considered to be part of the DE portfolio for some institutions,
because these are other avenues for high school students to earn college
credit. We included a few questions about these options.
Fifty-nine percent have incorported dual enrollment as a strategic
Dual enrollment serves multiple purposes for many institutions. For more
than 75 percent of the repondents, dual enrollment serves as a recruiting
tool, closely following by helping meet the mission of the institution, or as a
community service mechanism.
Dual enrollment is widely available and accepted at higher education
institutions in the United States. During the 2015-2016 academic year, most
(78 percent) institutions in this sample offered dual enrollment options.
Eighty-six percent accept dual enrollment credit in transfer.
Lower division only, and/or large and/or public institutions are more
likely to offer dual enrollment programs and courses than institutions
with other characteristics.
Private institutions are less likely than public institutions to accept dual
enrollment credit in transfer.
Nine out of 10 “agree” or “strongly agree” that dual enrollment courses
improve access to college courses.
The percentage of institutions awarding certificates and associate’s degrees
to high school students has increased since the IES study.
One-quarter of participating institutions awarded at least one associate’s
degree to high school students during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Fifty-eight percent discounted tuition for dual enrollment, and two-thirds of
those do so by more than 50 percent.
Among those that do not offer dual enrollment, institutional culture is the
most cited reason for not doing so.
Nearly all (93 percent) accept AP and/or IB credits