Research has indicated that high school students who take college
courses while they are still in high school benefit from the
experience in both systems. To capitalize on the benefits of this
dual enrollment, California and other states have moved in recent
years to increase high school students’ access to college
Because California lacks an
integrated state data system to connect information from K-12 to
higher education, researchers have been hampered in their efforts
to understand to what extent the state’s high school students
participate in dual enrollment.
A new report by researchers Elizabeth Friedmann, Michal
Kurlaender, Alice Li and Russell Rumberger breaks new ground
by matching high school and community college datasets to provide
a clearer picture of college course-taking among California
public high school students statewide.
A Leg Up on College: The Scale and Distribution of Community
College Participation Among California High School Students
College course taking by high
school students in California is more prevalent than previously
understood: 12.6% of students took a course at a community
college at some point during high school.
Race and socioeconomic disparities in dual enrollment
participation are significant.
Opportunity is not equal: 82% of California high schools in our
statewide sample have no students who are dually enrolled.
Given the demonstrated benefits of dual enrollment, the equity
concerns are significant.
On February 11, 2020, EdSource, PACE and
Wheelhouse hosted a live, online discussion with a panel of
experts—including Prof. Michal Kurlaender, co-author of the
research brief—to explore dual enrollment and this new research.
View the webinar here.